Smoothboi Ezra announces new EP ‘Stuck’, shares new single

Photo by Nicholas O’Donnell

Smoothboi Ezra, the songwriting project of Greystones, Ireland based Ezra Williams, have today announced their new EP Stuck, set to be released on June 11th. They have also shared a tender new single of the same name with an accompanying music video directed by Arthur Studholme and starring non-binary couple El and Lauren.

Ezra’s latest EP ‘Stuck’ takes a closer look at the intricacies of relationships. Written during lockdown to a soundtrack of Angel Olsen, Soccer Mommy and Haley Heynderickx, the EP recalls a formative relationship with sensitivity and maturity scarcely attributed to young people. Speaking about the title track, Ezra says: 

“‘Stuck’ is a song about being in a relationship with someone you care a lot about but you know it’s not going to work out. It’s an unsaid mutual agreement that you can feel the relationship ending but you’re both waiting on the other person to end it.” 

Watch the new video below!

Tracklist

  1. Stuck
  2. Without Me
  3. You
  4. Palm Of Your Hand

The Horrors announce new EP, share new single

Photo by: Charles Jeffrey – LOVERBOY and Bunny Kinney

The Horrors have announced a new EP Lout, set to be released on March 12th. The band have also shared the title track from the upcoming EP, “Lout”, which sees the band take a more industrial metal attack to their sound.

“There’s something about it which feels like a return to a heavier sound but really it’s a million miles away from anything we’ve done,” said keyboardist Tom Furse. “Keeping the sound aggressive and the beats heavy was a central tenet, everything seemed to fall around that.”

Bassist Rhys Webb added: “It’s the nastiest music we’ve made since [2007 debut] ‘Strange House’. An intense barrage of industrial noise. A return to the spirit and attitude of our debut LP but blasted into the future.”

“In the past whenever we’ve written stuff with a harder edge it’s come from the energy we get from all playing together in a room but creating this kind of atmosphere remotely was a different challenge,” said Badwan. “It’s the same level of intensity as the 100-miles-an-hour stuff we’ve done in the past but the anger is somehow more channelled. I can’t wait to play these songs live as there’s so much freedom in that kind of chaos.”

Free from the pressure of the usual release schedule treadmill, Webb explained how the band enjoyed the act of “not making record for anybody except ourselves” – with that liberating spirit feeding into their next album.

“With so many platforms now lost, the pressure to deliver a single for radio or to get on TV just doesn’t exist any more and is probably all the better for it,” he added. “The only thing we need to worry about is making the most exciting new music we can. We’re lucky enough to have been together for 15 years and to be working on our sixth studio LP.

“It seemed like the perfect time to go in guns blazing, no holds barred full on Horrors, the way it should always be.”

Watch the video for “Lout” below.

Tracklist:

  1. Lout
  2. Org
  3. Whiplash