Leicester natives Easy Life live up to their name with the chilled out groove of latest single ‘Nightmares’. The five-piece blend hip hop beats and laidback soul melodies to craft an ode to that point in the night when the existential angst bites hardest.
Their genre melding approach to creating fun, intelligent indie pop is reminiscent of alternative darlings Bad Sounds and Superorganism, particularly the former’s penchant for brass. Basically, I’m thinking about starting a petition to have more trumpets in pop because they are woefully underrated. These particular trumpets are sampled from Dionne Warwick’s rendition of ‘Loneliness Remembers What Happiness Forgets’, which feels very thematically appropriate.
‘Nightmares’ is gloriously catchy, but it’s so much more than just an earworm. The juxtaposition of lyrics about loneliness and struggle with the track’s hopeful groove provides a sense that everything will be alright one day. This nightmare of social instability will end eventually.
Easy Life are gaining momentum, even making their national television debut on Later With Jools Holland earlier this week. If they keep releasing tunes of this calibre then it won’t be a surprise if they become the next alternative act to crossover into the mainstream in a big way.