Sylvan Esso drop surprise single 'Sunburn' via Loma Vista Recordings

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Previous praise for Sylvan Esso: “Free Love is a stunning show of proof that Sylvan Esso have nearly perfected their mystical partnership.” - Consequence “Exactly what pop music should be: punchy and pure.” - DIY ★★★★ (Free Love) “Ten angular, multi-faceted synth-pop gems and a stunning addition to their growing catalogue.” - The Forty-Five ★★★★★ (Free Love) “Sylvan Esso have always made albums that demand to be listened to at the expense of everything else in your record collection.” - The Line Of Best Fit, 9/10 (Free Love)

Today, Sylvan Esso surprise fans with new single ‘Sunburn’, a concise, cathartic pop song that captures the moment when delight bleeds into discomfort. Written on a warm January evening in Los Angeles earlier this year, the three-minute single is the band’s first new music since the release of their Grammy-nominated Free Love LP in 2020, marking both an aftermath and a new beginning for Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn.

The chorus came to Meath as she sat on the front porch of a house in LA, with the smoggy cityscape sprawled out ahead. Banging with a blistering beat and vivid descriptions of sensory overload, ‘Sunburn’ is not, however, tied to any specific time or place, but the sting that comes from too much of a good thing. As they explain:

‘Sunburn’ is: eating candy til you’re sick riding your bike too fast down a hill when you're five years old and don't want to get out of the water, and by the end you're shivering and all your fingers are pruney and your lips are turned purple an undertow that sneaks up unsuspectingly the painful pulsing pink of swollen eyelids leftover after a day lying in the sun plunging forward without time for second-guessing produced by Sylvan Esso for you

Watch / Listen to ‘Sunburn’ HERE

Last week, the band performed ‘Sunburn’ for the very first time during their debut taping of Austin City Limits. They’ve just begun their three date, career-spanning headline sets at the Historic Durham Athletic Park, and from May 19th-21st, the largely sold-out series of baseball stadium shows are Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn’s biggest hometown performances to date. Support will come from Gus Dapperton and Vagabon on May 19th, Yo La Tengo and Indigo De Souza on May 20th, plus Little Brother and Mr Twin Sister on May 21st.

Find the final few tickets, as well as information on multiple afterparties, pop-up shops, late-night DJ sets and more at

See below for the full list of upcoming dates, now on sale here.

Sylvan Esso 2022 Tour Dates 5/20 - Durham, NC - Durham Athletic Park # SOLD OUT 5/21 - Durham, NC - Durham Athletic Park @ SOLD OUT 5/23 - Richmond, VA - The National! 5/24 - Ithaca, NY - Beak and Skiff Apple Orchard% 5/26 - Portland, ME - Thompson's Point% 5/27-29 - North Adams, MA - Solid Sound Festival 6/23-26 - Rothbury, MI - Electric Forest Festival 7/24 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival 7/29 - Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena* SOLD OUT 7/30 - Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena* SOLD OUT 7/31 - Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena* SOLD OUT 8/17 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion* 8/19 - Austin, TX - Germania Insurance Amphitheater* SOLD OUT 8/20 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion* SOLD OUT 8/21 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion* 8/23 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheater* 8/25 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion* 8/26 - New York, NY - Forest Hills Stadium* SOLD OUT 8/27 - New York, NY - Forest Hills Stadium* 8/30 - Philadelphia, PA - TD Pavilion at the Mann* 9/1 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage* 9/2 - Montreal, QC - Parc Jean-Drapeau* 9/3 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion* 9/4 - Boston, MA - Xfinity Center* 9/7 - Cincinnati, OH - The ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park* 9/8 - Detroit, MI - Pine Knob Music Theatre* 9/9 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion* SOLD OUT 9/10 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion* 9/14 - St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre* 9/16 - Denver, CO - Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT 9/17 - Denver, CO - Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre* 9/18 - Las Vegas, NV - Life is Beautiful Festival 9/20 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre* 9/22 - Ridgefield, WA - RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater* 9/23 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Amp* SOLD OUT 9/24 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Amp* 9/26 - Bend, OR - Hayden Homes Amphitheatre* 9/27 - Boise, ID - Fort Idaho Centre Amphitheatre* 9/29 - Sacramento, CA - Heart Health Park* 9/30 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre* 10/1 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT

^w/ Palehound ! w/ Benét % w/ Samia + w/ Gus Dapperton and Vagabon # w/ Yo La Tengo and Indigo De Souza @ w/ Little Brother and Mr. Twin Sister *w/ ODESZA

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