- 20 Apr 21
The 19-year-old artist's highly-anticipated 'Stuck’ EP will be released on June 11th.
Rising songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Smoothboi Ezra has released their new single ‘Stuck’ - accompanied by creative visuals - from their upcoming EP of the same name.
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.
“‘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," the Hot Press Hot for 2020 musician says, speaking of the title track.
"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.”
The single is accompanied by a touching, lo-fi music video, starring non-binary couple El and Lauren.
From their poster-covered bedroom-meets-recording studio in sleepy Greystones, a small coastal town in Ireland, Smoothboi Ezra has developed a world class flair for emotive songwriting. Their songs are catchy but subtle; self-deprecating but never sombre; always utterly charming.
They offer an often overlooked take on emotional relationships, as Ezra is writing as a person who is gender non-binary and on the autism spectrum. Representing people who don’t often see themselves represented in the media, Ezra is moving the needle on what it means to write a love song.
The teenaged talent's recent single ‘My Own Person’ garnered widespread acclaim from major radio stations and media publications for its candid exploration of gender dysphoria and depersonalisation, something many young LGBTQIA+ people deal with.
Their musical influences range from contemporaries like Phoebe Bridgers and Mitski, to legends like Elliott Smith and Kate Bush. In their short career, they have amassed over 10 million Spotify streams, despite releasing their music independently, and have supported Orville Peck at Dublin’s Grand Social.
Smoothboi Ezra is set to play a sold out Whelan's show on September 22nd and Manchester's YES (basement) 'Mood Swings' gig - presented by So Young Magazine - on September 24th. Grab your tickets here.
Stuck EP tracklist
2. Without Me
4. Palm Of Your Hand
Read the January 2021 Hot Press A&R Department interview with Smoothboi Ezra here.
Check out the gripping video for 'Stuck' below: