Sylvan Esso have shared new single “Free”, the final preview of the electronic pop duo’s forthcoming album Free Love ahead of its release through Loma Vista this Friday, September 25.
The sparse, intimate “Free” arrives alongside a D.L. Anderson-directed video that captures the band’s Amelia Meath singing the track in front of gently pulsating lights. You can check it out below.
“Free” was written all in one go. One of those magical moments of song-writing that happens once every hundred songs,” commented Meath in a statement.
“Nick [Sanborn, bandmate] knew it was the centrepiece of the record the minute I showed it to him. ‘We should call the record Free Love.’ It’s the centre of the record – a song about being obscured by someone’s loving impression. A mirror on a mirror.”
The duo have shared three other singles – “Frequency”, “Ferris Wheel” and “Rooftop Dancing” – in the lead-up to releasing Free Love. The new record is the follow-up to 2017’s What Now.
Upon the announcement of Free Love, Meath called it “a record about being increasingly terrified of the world around you and looking inward to remember all the times when loving other people seemed so easy, so that you can find your way back to that place.”
“At the heart of Sylvan Esso is this really fun argument,” she added. “Nick wants things to sound unsettling, but I want you to take your shirt off and dance. We’re trying to make pop songs that aren’t on the radio, because they’re too weird. It’s a pop band, but we’re talking about complicated emotions.”
Sylvan Esso will celebrate the release of Free Love on Friday with a virtual event called Opening Night, which the band are billing as “part gallery opening, part late-night telethon, part record release party”.
The digital event will feature the band performing tracks from ‘Free Love’ live, DJ sets from Sanborn and Merrill Garbus (aka Tune-Yards), a discussion with ‘Rooftop Dancing’ video director Cheryl Dunn and more. Opening Night begins at 1AM BST on September 25.
Free Love is out on September 25 and can be pre-ordered here.