The first single to Ellevator’s debut album is here, and it’s packing a punch and paving a new path in indie rock. “Easy” promises catchy hooks and textured instrumental layers in addition to thought-provoking and evocative lyricism that only they can provide.
“When I was 17 I moved to the other side of the world and joined what would most accurately be described as a cult,” Bersche writes. “Teachings were given in the language of freedom while the stiff hand of purity reduced my body to a shameful temptation.”
And while its lyrics make you take a double-take at your own reflection and personal convictions, it’s sonically asking the listener to redefine genre itself.
Soaring above wailing guitars and 80s inspired synths is frontwoman Nabi-sue Bersche’s folk-like voice, reminiscent of indie rock icons like Sharon van Etten, whose vocal timbre also boasts a folk-ish twang. All of these seemingly conflicting elements come together to create a whirlwind of sound, making for a song that’s impossible to put into one genre. As you listen, you’ll hear influences of genres like pop punk, synth pop, and indie rock- partially due to the song’s producer, Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie- but mainly because every corner of this song is specifically crafted to make you truly question what you know.
“Easy” is also an undeniable earworm of a tune. Its melody flows so naturally while every instrument works together to surprise you— just when you think you know where it’s going, it takes a sharp turn in another direction.
Ellevator is no stranger to the music world. Following the success of their 2018 self-titled debut EP, the Hamilton, Ontario trio went on to perform with indie cult favorite like Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs, and Amber Run. Their objective as a band is to deliver the familiar hook-filled songs of pop with the passion and fervent storytelling of rock legends of the past.
Written by Jess Ward