WE REVIEW THE NEW SINGLE FROM NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS – EASY NOW
With worldwide recognition as one of the best songwriters of our time, expectations for any release from Noel Gallagher are undoubtedly high. However, the new track ‘Easy Now’ truly is a credit to the Mancunian’s musicianship, as a potent piece centering around the difficulties faced by today’s youth.
Despite its psychedelic inspiration, the record holds an impressive amount of real world significance, with the pressures faced by this generation being seemingly greater than ever. Elongated assonant sounds and layered vocals compliment the single’s slow tempo, offering a momentary escape from the fast-paced nature of everyday life.
Peppered with powerful metaphors and words of wisdom, the new track appears to break the fourth wall through offering reassuring advice to young people: ‘Soon your future will appear / There’s nothing left for you to fear’. Through cleverly exploring the theme of perspective, the record highlights how first-hand experience of a situation can prevent us from seeing the wider picture, acting as the perfect reminder to take a step back in moments of uncertainty.
Through sympathising with the universal struggles encountered by youths, the track’s emotional resonance is undeniable, but it is the use of tension and release which makes this single especially moving. As the building pre-chorus reaches its peak, all vocals and production become stripped back to showcase a climactic guitar solo which seems to offer the perfect cathartic release.
The transformative power of the record is especially evident towards the end, where production builds once again and electric guitar riffs pervade, giving rise to a seemingly much-awaited sense of hope and celebration of endurance.