Life can be many things: unpredictable, blessed, strange. But to Easy Life, the five-piece band from Leicester, “Life’s a beach.” That’s the playful and tongue-in-cheek title of their recently launched debut album, which has to be one of the most hyped UK debuts in years. In what feels like a heartbeat, the band have become one of the UK’s most inventive acts. And when you listen to their music – from the soulful and Aretha Franklin-sampling pop of “Daydreaming” to the stirring and personal R&B of “A Message to Myself” – you can’t help but kick back and relax.
The band comes as a full package, and each member has his own influence on the textured production and infectious melodies that comprise each track. But one of the key appeals is the lyricism of lead singer, Murray Matravers. “Murray's definitely the lead lyricist in the group, and his philosophy is that if he's feeling something, then thousands of other people would have felt the same way,” said Easy Life’s Sam Hewitt, while filming a short film with New Era, in which the band showed us around their hometown and revealed some of the fine-tuning that’s going on for their debut album. Through that philosophical ethos, Easy Life have written hits about everything from mental health to climate change. “It's like giving another voice to the battle that is those issues and trying to overcome them,” says Hewitt.
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