Sylvan Esso - Die Young
Sylvan Esso (Amelia Meath of Mountain Man and producer Nick Sanborn) is an electro-pop duo out of North Carolina, who made a mark with their debut self-titled LP. “Die Young” from their sophomore album What Now (out on April 28th), is brightly produced and undeniably dance-able with Meath’s vocals layered between a synth-driven beat and a heavy bass. According to the video above, it’s also a song for when you are in the mood to jump into a cop car and tear off into the desert. See them live on August 16th and 17th at the Crystal Ballroom.
Laura Marling - Next Time
Born out of the British nu-folk scene, Laura Marling has continued to astound with her recently released sixth studio album, Semper Femina. “Next Time,” accompanied by a video directed by Marling that was inspired by her lucid dreams, weaves lilting guitar picking, delicate piano, and a cascading string arrangement. Laura Marling is at the Wonder Ballroom on April 27th.
Alt-J - 3WW
“3WW” (which stands for “Three Worn Words”) is the new song from Alt-J’s upcoming album Relaxer (due on June 9th). According to a newsletter sent out to fans, “3WW” “traces the adventures of a wayward lad on England’s northeast coast, culminating in the whispering of three worn words.” The track begins moody and meditative with traces of traditional English folk, but then turns symphonic and revelatory as the narrator melodically declares “I just want to love you in my own language.” Lead singer Joe Newman shares vocals with band member Gus Unger-Hamilton and Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell.