Monday, January 18, 2021

‘Easy’ by Troye Sivan and Kacey Musgraves ft Mark Ronson

If you love 80s vibes and being in your feelings, then this is the song for you. This version of ‘Easy’ is a remix of Troye Sivan’s solo release from earlier in the year. Where Sivan’s original track featured more muted synths, Ronson’s revival of the song brings with it a new sheen and higher energy. The Eighties influences are hardly surprising, considering Ronson’s most recent album, Late Night Feelings, was jam-packed with nostalgia for the decade. Fast-paced hi-hats give the song it’s boost right from the off and carry on relentlessly throughout the song. Add to that some shimmering reverb and a generous amount of autotune and you’ve got yourself something well on its way to being bubble gum pop.

Musgraves is also new to this version of the track, but it is reassuring to hear her country twang still cutting through the mix, despite this not being her favoured genre. While the music is upbeat and makes you want to move, a closer look at the lyrics exhibits a sadness, or more closely, a disenfranchisement from the world, leaving listeners in an odd sort of limbo. To dance, or not to dance? 

My favourite line would have to be “this house is on fire – woo!” – talk about making the best out of a bad situation. This song would fit perfectly at the end of a cheesy coming-of-age film (and I mean cheesy in the best way). Think of that scene in ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ where they all go driving through that tunnel listening to David Bowie and you’ll be along the right lines. 

The accompanying music video only adds to the overt Americanness of the track, as Sivan and Musgraves visit motels and dive bars and throw their stuff in the wagon of their car. I’m going to go ahead and file this one under: music to drive to.

Ellie Insley



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