Sylvan Esso's anti-radio anthem gets a remix from Demo Taped

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Sylvan Esso will be spending some serious hang time in Wisconsin this June. Two sold-out shows at the Majestic in Madison and then on to the Eaux Claires Festival later in the week. Synth virtuoso Nick Sanborn went to high school in Middleton, where his parents still live, before exiting for Milwaukee and then eventually landing in Durham, North Carolina to join forces with vocalist Amelia Meath. Sylvan Esso's debut album drew considerable praise and racked up serious sales buoyed by a string of singles with the minimalist track "Coffee" leading the way. We saw their first headlining appearance in Madison at the Majestic Theatre in 2014.

Sylvan Esso's sophomore effort "What Now" will be out in April. The band recently released a couple of remixes from the record including one for the first single "Radio."

While many people think the upbeat danceable track is a tribute to your favorite radio station, listen closely to the lyrics. It has more biting commentary on the state of the commercial airwaves in the United States than Elvis Costello's classic rant in "Radio Radio." If you're wondering what is meant by the lyric 3.30 repeated throughout the song. That number represents the average length of a pop song. And "slave to the radio," well you get the picture. A giant digital clock counting down from 3:30 is the backdrop for their Jimmy Fallon appearance. The remix by 19 year old Atlanta prodigy Demo Taped gives a different take on the scathing pop song using R&B textures with chirping synths giving the track an almost Nintendo-like feel.

Sylvan Esso gave Demo Taped their blessing as the first official remixer of tracks off the new album. Hopefully, you scored tickets to see them in Madison.

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