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Sylvan Esso

What Now

Second studio album of indie electropop from North Carolina duo Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn

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  1. 10.0 |   A.V. Club

    Sylvan Esso subverts and embraces the pop world on a brilliant second album
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  2. 9.0 |   Gig Soup

    Their latest masterpiece release
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  3. 8.0 |   Clash

    Deserves your attention and is a perfect example of a group accomplishing and exceeding their full potential
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  4. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The cool café-ready vibes have been replaced by weightier production that’s suited more for the club; techno-inspired beats intricately and lusciously built atop one another
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  5. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    While the pair's 2014 self-titled debut hinted at notions of pop culture as a crutch, describing television as offering an unhealthy sense of “home” and smartphones providing ersatz companionship, What Now takes that theme a step further
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  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    This follow-up to their 2014 debut blends antique-sounding folk tracks with glossier electronic numbers. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Purposeful pop bangers
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  8. 8.0 |   The 405

    What Now contemplates private change of circumstance and personhood with pathos, kindness, and humour, and bangs fervidly in the process
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  9. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    What Now is accessible in every sense of the word, but after several spins, it'll pull you much deeper than one might initially think
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  10. 7.7 |   Earbuddy

    Sylvan Esso answer What Now with bigger and better songs than their debut
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  11. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Sylvan Esso fans will fall deeper in love with the duo on this second album, while its casual onlookers won't be able to unlock their gaze
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  12. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    It swings between biting and sublime, with occasional moments of triteness; but when Meath and Sanborn get it right, they get it very, very right
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  13. 7.4 |   Paste Magazine

    The fuller, darker, and more chaotic sound of What Now is appropriate.
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  14. 7.2 |   Pitchfork

    Offers a biting, withering take on pop music, full of crisp humor while still finding real moments of tenderness
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  15. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Fusing folk sensibilities with electronic soundscapes
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  16. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Peppy, irreverent bleep-pop for coffee lovers
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  17. 6.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It’s when Sylvan Esso embrace their hipster side they can be attention-grabbing intriguing
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  18. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    What Now reckons with the popularity, and ensuing normalisation, of their sound
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  19. 6.0 |   Q

    it's not without charm, but you might find yourself wanting to like What Now more than you actually do. Print edition only

  20. 6.0 |   Mojo

    North Carolina duo's second stab at modernist pop. Print edition only

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