Sylvan Esso Reminds Us To Have Fun In New 'The Glow' Video
    • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017

    • Posted by: Caroline Bojarski

    Just ahead of a busy summer of touring with their sophomore album, What Now, Sylvan Esso released a new video for their wistful yet upbeat track, "The Glow". The video focuses on a group of free-spirited twenty-somethings loitering, dancing with abandon at a concert, and swigging from nips of whiskey on the subway, all against the background of Brooklyn's industrial aesthetic. The squad in the video features exactly the kind of girls who would normally intimidate me -- with their ability to make bangs look edgy and their significant others who look almost as cool as they are -- if it weren't for the interspersed shots of Sylvan Esso lead singer, Amelia Meath, dancing in the street, stopping only to smile straight into the camera.

    Hard partying young adults are a common theme in music videos as sexual tension and hard liquor look alluring on camera. Sylvan Esso charmed me with "The Glow", however, by rejecting the well-worn route of showing this rebellious, chaotic lifestyle as darkly empty and subtly tragic, a filter that is too commonly applied to youthful revelry in music (See Lana Del Rey). Meath's genuinely fond smile while she reminisces about this glowing, exciting time in her life and her light, nimble dancing in spite of her chunky platform shoes reassure you that it is, contrary to popular belief, ok to be happy sometimes.

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