easy life have dropped the new single ‘OTT’ with BENEE, it received its first play as BBC Radio 1’s Hottest Record In The World and is available now on Island Records – coupled with a slacker classic green screen music video from director Theo Watkins.
It’s the latest preview of the Leicester band’s upcoming album ‘MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE…’ – released on Aug. 12, the immersive project was launched by restless first single ‘BEESWAX’ and announced recently alongside its anthemic title track (which features BROCKHAMPTON’s Kevin Abstract, who made a surprise appearance as easy life’s special guest during their Pyramid Stage debut at Glastonbury).
‘OTT’ is a song about extremes, moderation, and keeping each other in check. Recorded remotely over lockdown by Murray and New Zealand pop star BENEE, it’s the talk you long to have with someone who’s on a self-destructive streak.
Whilst dealing with the album’s central themes of regret, excess, and opening up, “like most things easy life,” comments Murray, “there is still that element of optimism: that perhaps with enough care and attention, something can be done.
BENEE crushed it –her voice is like water, and she’s a real queen of melody.” BENEE, meanwhile, comments: “so stoked to have worked with the easy life boys on this, such a wicked bunch of humanssss!!! Hope u guys love the song, it’s all summery, and I’m a sucker for melancholic lyrics sooooo!”
In 2022, easy life –an escapist band, formed on the hedonistic outlook of ‘no regrets’–appear compelled to put their ethos to the test. Melancholic, uplifting and hugely sophisticated, ‘MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE…’ is a record about how our choices define us, for better and worse, and chronicles how to make peace with things we can’t control. Throughout, Murray’s world-class production absorbs influences ranging from the manic hip-hop energy of Odd Future to a colourful visual palette, as inspired by classic Disney animation as it is the dreamlike art noveau of Wes Anderson. If ‘life’s a beach’was easy life sunny-side-up -a rounded, realist study of Middle England -it’s on the lockdown make-believe of ‘MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE…’ that Murray’s shank-sharp observations about modern British life hit hardest. What’s emerged is an expertly-realised vision of masculinity, which encourages us –whether having the ‘OTT’ conversation, or exuberant world-building –to find joy in the journey, not just the destination.
‘OTT’ is a soon-to-be favorite from ‘MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE…’, following hot on the heels of 2021’s ‘life’s a beach’ (easy life’s second project to reach the top 10). Having sold out shows ranging from two O2 Brixton Academy dates to gigs around Europe, the US – and an actual arena in their hometown of Leicester –the band’s extensive run of summer festivals continues with dates still to come at the likes of Mad Cool in Spain, and Summersonic in Japan.
easy life have additionally confirmed details of an intimate UK record store tour, as well as another full US tour and dates in Australia and South Korea.
Watch out for more live plans for easy life coming soon.
09.07.22 || Madrid || Mad Cool Festival
10.07.22 || Glasgow || TRNSMT Festival
13.07.22 || Tonsberg, Norway || Slottsfjell Festival
22.07.22 || Abbots Ripton || Secret Garden Party
24.07.22 || Oxfordshire || Truck Festival
25.07.22 || London || Rough Trade East –Record Store Tour
27.07.22 || Southampton || The Brook with Vinilo –Record Store Tour
28.07.22 || Leeds || The Wardobe with Crash –Record Store Tour
29.07.22 || Leicester || The Y Theatre with Rough Trade –Record Store Tour
30.07.22 || Birmingham || HMV Birmingham –Record Store Tour
31.07.22 || Pikehall || Y Not Festival
05.08.22 || Dipeholz || Appletree Garden Festival
10.08.22 || Kingston || Pryzm with Banquet –Record Store Tour
11.08.22 || Brighton || Chalk with Resident –Record Store Tour
13.08.22 || Trencin || Grape Festival
16.08.22 || Seoul || YES24 Live Hall
18.08.22 || Tokyo || Liquid Room
20.08.22 || Osaka || Summersonic Festival
21.08.22 || Chiba || Summersonic Festival
25.08.22 || Sydney || The Factory Theatre
26.08.22 || Melbourne || The Night Cat
02.09.22 || Pilton || Pilton Party
09.09.22 || Mexico City || Foro Frontera
12.09.22 || Los Angeles || El Rey Theatre
13.09.22 || San Francisco || Popscene at Rickshaw
16.09.22 || Denver || Gothic Theatre
17.09.22 || Santa Fe || Meow Wolf20.09.22 || Dallas || House of Blues –Cambridge Room
21.09.22 || Houston || House of Blues –Peacock Room
23.09.22 || Atlanta || Aisle 5
24.09.22 || Nashville || Eastside Bowl
26.09.22 || Chicago || SPACE
28.09.22 || Toronto || The Great Hall
29.09.22 || New York City || Elsewhere