Sylvan Esso has released a new video for their multi-track single “Numb,” which includes a new version with Teddy Geiger. “Numb” represents the directorial debut for Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath, and a culmination of the group’s ambitions within the medium. Along with the video, the duo have revealed their first live performances in nearly two years. The “Shaking Out The Numb” tour commences just two days after Sylvan Esso and their 10-piece WITH band host the iconic Saturday night Superjam at Bonnaroo on September 4. Sylvan Esso also recently remixed Remi Wolf’s song “Rufufus,” and SE’s Nick Sanborn co-produced the new Flock of Dimes album
“Numb” was co-directed by Meath and Jasmine Albuquerque, a longtime luminary of the Los Angeles choreography scene. Meath, along with a troupe of LA dancers performing unmasked and in close proximity for the first time in over a year, captures the catharsis of our current moment of re-emergence, viscerally shedding the confinement of the COVID era to the song’s refrain: “shaking out the numb, let me feel something.” The “Numb” video was produced by MAAVVEN, the studio that has worked with Rihanna, Pharrell, St. Vincent, Dua Lipa and many others. It follows other movement and choreography-focused videos for songs from Free Love, including “Frequency” directed by Moses Sumney, and “Rooftop Dancing,” shot by NYC street photographer and filmmaker Cheryl Dunn.
From Amelia Meath:
“I’ve always loved the pure dance videos of the TRL era and dreamed of making something that could live in that world. I’m so grateful to Jasmine and everyone at MAAVVEN who worked with me to bring this to life, it was such a joy and I can’t wait for y’all to see it.”
Numb – Track Listing (Release Date – Tuesday, May 11):
1. Numb – teddy<3 version (edit) 2. Numb - teddy<3 version 3. Numb 4. Numb - WITH LOVE Sylvan Esso 2021 Shaking Out The Numb Tour Dates 9/4 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo 9/6 - Troutdale, OR – Edgefield * 9/7 - Redmond, WA – Marymoor Amphitheater * 9/9 - Berkeley, CA - The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley # 9/10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Greek Theatre * 9/11 - San Diego, CA - SOMA * 9/13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Union Event Center * 9/14 - Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom * 9/16 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom * 9/17 - Austin, TX - The Moody Amphitheater * 9/18 - Dallas, TX - South Side Ballroom * 9/19 - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center * 9/21 - Atlanta, GA - Roxy Theatre * 9/22 - Asheville, NC - Rabbit Rabbit * 9/23-26 - Dover, DE - Firefly Music Festival 10/26 - St. Paul, MN - Palace Theatre % 10/27 - St. Paul, MN - Palace Theatre % 10/29 - Madison, WI - Sylvee % 10/30 - Madison, WI - Sylvee % 10/31 - Chicago, IL – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom % 11/2 - Louisville, KY - Old Forester's Paristown Hall % 11/3 - Columbus, OH - Express Live! % 11/5 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE % 11/10 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall % 11/11 - Washington DC - The Anthem % 11/13 - Boston, MA - House of Blues % 11/14 - Boston, MA - House of Blues % 11/15 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 % 11/16 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 % Support from Samia*, Local Natives & Samia#, and Lido Pimienta% Full “Numb” video credits: Directors: Amelia Meath (@arandallm) & Jasmine Albuquerque (@jasminealbuquerque) Exec Producer : Coleen Haynes (@coleenhaynes) Producer : Nina Tahash-Long (@popular_loner) Produced by : MAAVVEN (@MAAVVEN) DP: Gregory LeFevre Art Director : Steven Synstelien (@stevensynstelien) Choreography: Jasmine Albequerque (@jasminealburquerque) Costume Designer: Elizabeth Wern Styling Assistant: Andrew Maguire Hair & Make Up: Aaron Barry & Mike Fernandez Editor: NINA McNEELY (@ninamcneely) Colorist: Jacob McKee Edit House: Forager TV