Free Love

Sylvan Esso


Free Love, the third studio album from previous VMP Essentials artist Sylvan Esso, is here on translucent emerald vinyl.
10-01-2020

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VMP Exclusive Pressing

This record was pressed by VMP and you can't get this specific variation anywhere else.

Exclusive Features
color Translucent Emerald
foil stamped Yes
numbered Yes
Other Features
exclusive VMP Exclusive
jacket type Gatefold
label Loma Vista
pressing location Memphis Record Pressing (MRP)
release type New Release
By the Numbers

1lp
format
2020
original release year
331/3
rpm
speed
1000
total pressing quantity
12
inch
vinyl size
standard
weight

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Description

Sitting in a Wisconsin deli in 2012, Amelia Meath told her new friend Nick Sanborn she wanted to start a pop band. She proposed a simple division of labor: She’d write and sing their emotionally multivalent songs, wrapped around seemingly effortless hooks. And he’d make the beats that drove them, slightly slippery instrumentals that winked at his abstract electronic inclinations. For a time, that was the premise of Sylvan Esso.

But during the last seven years, those responsibilities have morphed. Meath and Sanborn‚Äôs roles have become so intertwined that every moment of any new Sylvan Esso song feels rigorously conceptual but completely rapturous, their compelling central paradox. ‚ÄúMaking music now looks like both of us sitting in a room together and having small arguments,‚ÄĚ Meath quips. That dynamic thumps at the heart of Free Love, Sylvan Esso‚Äôs instantly endearing third album and a charming but provocative testament to the duo‚Äôs long-term tension.

You could frame Free Love in a dozen different ways. You could, for instance, declare it their undeniable pop triumph, thanks to the summertime incandescence of ‚ÄúFerris Wheel‚ÄĚ or the handclap kinetics of ‚ÄúTrain.‚ÄĚ You might, on the other hand, call it their most delicate work yet, owing to Meath‚Äôs triptych of gently subversive anthems‚ÄĒ‚ÄúWhat If,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúFree,‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúMake It Easy‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒthat begin, end, and split the record into sides. You could label Free Love their modular synthesis album, since Sanborn‚Äôs explorations of those infinite systems shape so many of these daring songs. And you might even call it their marriage record, as it‚Äôs the first LP Meath and Sanborn have made since trading vows. But we‚Äôre not here to talk about that.

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Tracklist

Free Love
More Music, Less Stress
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