Sylvan Esso release first single from upcoming sophomore album with “Radio”
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Electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso gave their fans a nice surprise late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning when they debuted “Radio,” the first single off their upcoming sophomore album. The link to the new catchy dance tune music video was posted on the band’s Facebook page right around midnight, around the same time the band made changes to their profile and banner photos, letting fans now they were ready to start gearing up for a new album cycle. In catchy Sylvan Esso style, the band celebrates their obsession of dancing to the music, as the fresh-sounding upbeat single is highlighted by a chorus of Singer Amelia Meath repeatedly singing "Slave to the radio / Slave to the ra-di-o". 

Made up of Meath on vocals and Nick Sanborn handling drum machine and DJ responsibilities, the North Carolina duo made an immediate impact in the indie pop and electronic world with their self-titled debut album in the spring of 2014. Released on Partisan Records Sylvan Esso introduced the band to the music world with singles like “Coffee” and “Hey Mami,” as both have become a staple on Spotify and 8Tracks playlists, as well as favorable choices for remix opportunities in the EDM world.

The debut of “Radio” comes days after the duo also posted upcoming tour dates on their social media channels in addition to announcing that they have some new songs ready to play at said shows. The duo also recently worked on collaboration with hip-hop artist WELL$, as he released a new single of his own featuring the two called “Young Man” back on August 12. Along with the debut of the single, the fellow North Carolina artist commented, "I want to make music that reflects that reality so doing a song with Sylvan Esso feels natural to me. And it’s also a way to unify North Carolina music scene that tends to me a little too segregated for my taste."

The band hasn’t released the title of their second studio effort or the release date, although the video on their YouTube page comes with the caption ""Radio / Kick Jump Twist" 12" single available 11/18." With another new single most likely dropping before then, fans should expect the entire album to arrive possibly before the end of the year. It’s most likely Meath and Sanborn will be gearing up for a big tour starting in the late winter or early spring, which should include many stops along the festival circuit in 2017 as the album cycle steps its way on into summer.