New | November 21, 2016
Sylvan Esso – Kick Jump Twist

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Sylvan Esso are back with another startlingly original track. The successor to this September’s “Radio,” “Kick Jump Twist” opens with the characteristic combination of Amelia Meath’s airy vocals and Nick Sanborn’s spare production, but rapidly dissolves into a frenzy of arcade-game blips and wobbling synths. The production may seem chaotic, but the song is delicately produced and deceptively well-written.

Just as “Radio” was an indictment of the artificiality of radio-friendly pop (“Folk girl hero in a magazine / faking the truth in a new pop song”), “Kick Jump Twist” takes aim at the prospect of fame in the Age of Instagram: as Meath sings in the chorus, “They all want invisible eyes on them.” Listen below.