Taylor Elaine Photography
Here’s a chilled-out, dreamy new tune for you from indie alt band Brother.
Finding influence in the likes of The Neighbourhood and Porches, “EZ” takes a minimal approach, soaked in vintage synth sounds and an overall warm, easy indie vibe.
Brother. is an indie alternative band based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Bringing together an eclectic sound of energetic bass lines, catchy soundscapes and heavy-laden harmonies, band members Chuck Emery, Nathan Standage, Erika Goodwin, Scott Knutson and Elias Pratt deliver an infectiously charismatic, laid-back sound.
Their latest single ‘EZ’ is the result of wanting to put more honesty into their music and lyrics, creating something that felt fresh and modern while still staying true to their sound.
Written over the 2020 lockdown, Emery confides, “EZ is a song about the pandemic and lockdown situation during 2020. We had a lot of plans and goals as a band and all of that was halted.
I faced a lot of anxiety and depression as it felt like we lost all the momentum we worked hard to build. I realized that the best thing to do was to take advantage of “not doing anything”. I had to slow down and take it easy.”
Slow woozy drums and characterful chiming synths that run along the song, the dreamy vocals are soft and rich, floating effortlessly atop the fuzzy guitar and subtle, steady bass.
The song’s aura has a hazy, chilled-out atmosphere with an underlying tone of both acceptance and pain. Finding influence in the likes of The Neighbourhood and Porches, “EZ” takes a minimal approach, soaked in vintage synth sounds and an overall warm, easy indie vibe.
When we asked about their style and aesthetics they have no doubt
“Our current aesthetic of gold was inspired by our goals as a band. We wanted to hit a gold standard with every aspect of our brand and music. we took that very literally making our photos, cover art etc. gold.”
Following the notion that simplicity and lyrical authenticity is the perfect combination in curating a raw tune, the band stayed true to the classic country music recipe of, “All you need is three chords and the truth.”
Inspiration comes from many different sources, including films and TV
“I pull a lot of inspirations from film. They dive deep into the personality, emotions and conflict of characters but never explicitly say what they are feeling. That’s something I have always wanted to do in the music was to convey a conflict without ever saying there is one. I think a way we do this is by combining what feels like an upbeat tune to more somber lyrics.”
Brother. have crafted a song that is comforting for many after the devastating effects of the pandemic, with “EZ” being the reminder to slow down and recenter yourself, as everything will be alright in the end.