Ontario-based trio Ellevator muses on the ancient notion of good and evil in new single “Easy.” Inspired by the eccentric cult experience of frontwoman Nabi Bersche, “Easy” is a breezy guitar pop infused with the edginess of post-rock where the lyrics dives into intimate topics of love and identity while navigating through the daily hurdles of morality. The track comes with a video directed by Cam Veitch and produced by Black Lake, which you can check out below:
Speaking about the new single, Nabi said: “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.”
Speaking of the recording process, producer Chris Walla (formerly of Death Cab For Cutie) added: “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.”
“Easy” is from their upcoming debut album, which will be out in early 2022. The band will be playing at The Phoenix in Toronto on Thursday, August 26th.