ELLEVATOR SHARE THEIR FIRST SINGLE “EASY” FROM THEIR UPCOMING DEBUT ALBUM
Hamilton, Ontario-based trio, Ellevator share their new single, “Easy” which is out via the beloved Canadian label, Arts & Crafts (Broken Social Scene, Stars). Produced by Chris Walla (formerly of Death Cab For Cutie), who has previously helmed production duties for the likes of Foxing and Tegan & Sara, the track comes as a precursor to a debut album from the band set for release in early 2022.
“Easy” presents a wonderful step-up in the band’s take on the cool precision of late-aughts guitar music and melodramatic post-rock, turning to the warm glow of indie haunts such as Spoon and Feist, as well as the stadium limelight of U2, Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush. Sonically, “Easy” demonstrates the trio’s firm understanding of emotive indie-rock, weaving together lean hooks and sweeping crescendos alongside the standout vocals of front-woman Nabi Sue Bersche and her poetic reflections on love, connection, and identity. For a time in Bersche’s youth, she was a member of what could be described as a cult and “Easy” arrives as a rumination on the good and evil things we are raised to believe.
Speaking about the new single, Nabi says: “I was raised in the world of charismatic Christianity – an offshoot of Pentecostalism. God was magic and prophetic ecstasies happened every Sunday. As a child, I spoke in tongues and prayed until my body swayed with a gentle force like wind knocking me backward. A deep and abiding love of the natural world took hold of me. I witnessed firsthand the wild power of music – how it could uplift, ensnare, console, inspire.”
“When I was 17 I moved to the other side of the world and joined what would most accurately be described as a cult. I prayed for strangers I met in parking lots. I shut my eyes and read the dappled light between my lashes like tea leaves that could divine the future. Vulnerability was a badge in that community so I learned to overshare. Teachings were given in the language of freedom while the stiff hand of purity reduced my body to a shameful temptation. Growing up like that gave me a love of music, a nose for bullshit, and a lot to unravel. This song is about the good and evil things we are raised to believe. I was held captive by an ideology that severely limited my life and my perspective of the world around me. It’s a process I’m still in the middle of, this work of extraction.”
Expanding on the process of recording the new single, producer, Chris Walla says: “The very first time I spoke with Ellevator, I asked them a bunch of leading questions, identity questions, in a bunch of different ways: who are you, and how do you self-identify? And where we ended up with ‘Easy’ is, in a lot of ways, a fantastic three-minute answer: Ellevator basks in the sun like a cat, and they’ll tear you to shreds in an alley if it comes to that. They’re impossibly elegant; buoyant and airy, but also a little grimy. Ellevator loves a battle, and when they win (they always win), they march into the end credits the way you and I would if we could – tough as nails, a little bruised, undeniably awesome. But you and I can’t do that. The best we can do is live vicariously through Ellevator, mouths agape as they drop the hammer.”
(Arts & Crafts)
Release Date: September 16, 2021