Easy Life, the new kings of the indie-pop seaside party, have given us yet another glimpse of their upcoming debut LP Life’s A Beach in the form of ‘Ocean View’.
The new song, according to singer Murray Matravers, is about “managing expectations. With great anticipation comes great disappointment. ‘ocean view’ is the feeling of taking your mate/lover out on a wild trip to the seaside and finding out the whole trip is massively underwhelming, and they don’t even enjoy trips to the beach.”
Speaking of great anticipation, Life’s a Beach is coming in hot. We here at Far Out can’t stop covering it, and just like the rest of the greater indie rock diaspora, we’re stoked to hear the album in full on Friday. ‘Ocean View’ is everything the band has shown they do well personified: funky rhythms, catchy hooks, a certain lo-fi aesthetic.
The song is the closest the band has gotten yet to full-on bedroom pop, an evil genre term of musical phraseology that I feel like I mindless type out at least a hundred times a day, but Easy Life are able to transcend some of the lazier and more basic aspects of the sound.
A minor gripe: the pitched-up vocal hook is starting to become a well-worn cliche by this point. The effect hit an absolute nadir when sad-sack Canadian white boy rapper Powfu absolutely massacred everything cool about Beabadoobee by sampling her voice and turning it into helium on his monster 2020 hit ‘death bed (coffee for your head)’, and now every time I hear that specific effect I want to stick icepicks in my ears.
It’s like all of a sudden, Alvin and the Chipmunks became the coolest reference point for every indie act that spent a grand total of fifteen minutes farting around on Pro Tools. It’s alright here, I guess.
Check out the video for ‘Ocean View’ down below. Life’s A Beach is set for a May 28 release.