- 11 Jun 21
BIMM Dublin graduate SJ Talbot's second single depicts the push-and-pull of resisting bad habits and trying to say no to a worn-out relationship.
Emerging artist SJ Talbot has shared her second single, 'Easy for Me' - a sleek, passionate and soulful electronic pop offering.
The follow up to her September 2020 debut 'Envy' features intelligent songwriting, a mature blend of soul and dance-pop, and an absolutely irresistible hook.
Everything about 'Easy for Me' marks Talbot as a songwriter who has put thought into her craft, and has prepared for her entrance onto the pop landscape. The Dublin native’s second single depicts the need to leave a toxic situation with a romantic connection, and the addictive nature of such relationships.
“Don’t phone me when you’re lonely,” she sings in the chorus, reminiscent of Dua Lipa's landmark hit 'New Rules'.
“The melody came first,” Talbot says. “It started out actually being quite a sad song. But then I thought, ‘You know what? This melody is really bright.’ I wanted to write a pop song you could dance to, but something that’s really soulful and heartfelt too. I love soul music, and I also love pop.”
“This song is about a relationship where you both know it’s not going to work out," SJ adds. "But it’s comfortable to keep going back to that person, because it’s familiar.”
Talbot developed the track with Dublin-based producer GEF (Geoff O’Connor). The pair worked on the track for countless hours over Zoom, beginning in January, but have yet to meet in person.
“This song is such a social song, so it’s crazy to me that we haven’t gotten to sit down and listen to it together yet! But through the whole process, we’ve actually become really good friends, and I’m so glad the song brought us together.”
With 'Easy for Me', 23-year-old Talbot has created a pounding anthem for the dancefloor, perfect for injecting that boost of energy into the listener to kickstart the day.
“When we finished it, I sent it to a friend of mine. She texted me straight away, saying it got her out of bed, because she couldn’t stay still to it! And I felt like that was the best compliment someone could give.”
At an early age, SJ was enrolled in musical theatre school and began singing and learning violin and piano. Growing up, she was heavily inspired by pop music, as well as Motown, rock and soul. Some of her life-long influences include Duffy, Amy Winehouse and Nina Simone, as well as modern contemporaries GRACEY and Dua Lipa.
Now a BIMM Dublin graduate, SJ is no stranger to the thriving Irish music scene. She has worked as a session singer and keyboardist for various acts within the last four years while honing her craft as a solo performer. She transitioned from pop fanatic to pop artist in 2017 when she began producing her original music and developing her individual sound.
Listen to 'Easy for Me' below: