With great delight, Handsome Tours announces that Sylvan Esso returns to Australia, for headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as performances at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival. The duo will be joined by Melbourne based singer-songwriter and producer, Woodes.
Sylvan Esso’s sophomore album, What Now, is the sound of a band truly fulfilling the potential and promise of their debut album. Everything has evolved – the production is bolder, the vocals are more intense, the melodies are brighter, and the songs are that much more glorious. But it’s also a record that was made in 2016 – which means it is inherently grappling with the chaos of a country seething inward on itself, the voices of two people nestled in studios in around the country who were bemused by what they looked out and saw.
It’s an album that is both political and personal, and blurs the line between the two – What Now describes the inevitable low that comes after every high, fulfillment tempered by the knowledge that there is no real end point. Likewise, feeling the pinch of the election, the gender bathroom wars of their home state of NC, and more, “what now” asks where we go as a culture when standing at what feels like a precipice.
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