New music Friday also brings a new band as Swedish band Swaya release their debut single. Titled Easy touches on a subject that is not easy and a far from ‘easy made’ composition.
The musicians behind Swaya are Julia Siraj, Olivia Nygårds, Leo Castman, Jesper Landqvist, Alva Wiklund and Karl Persson, with the name inspired by their desire for the listener to feel like a tree swaying (Swaya) in the wind.
Lead singer, Julia Siraj’s vocals carry the track with lovely contrasts and dynamics. She creates the track’s 6:15 mins listenable smoothness along with beautiful harmonies throughout.
The band describes ‘Easy’ as “a reflection of the emotional process that begins when a relationship ends. Easy is self-criticism and self-love, it calls for tranquillity and strength. The song encaptures the duality that is the emotional spectrum, and it ain’t easy”. After listening to the song, we understand what they mean entirely. Hope and pain, fighting spirit and numbness, understanding and frustration are captured and shine through in the lyrics and the instrumental arrangement.
Listening to ‘Easy’ is like travelling through diverse landscapes seen through a lens of fascinating and beautiful human connection.
Speaking of the instrumental arrangement, that might be the most capturing of all due to its enormous variations. Right after the first chorus, the instrumental part strips down the arrangement with a naked openness and laid-back melody played by a light guitar.
Halfway through the song, the delicate guitar continues but takes a seat in the back to pave the way for a beautifully jazzy piano as unexpected as it is welcome. Even more surprising is a scintillating electric guitar that follows the wonderfully sophisticated piano. The sophistication remains but now leans towards a well-produced rock sound. However, the parts work very well together and almost enforce the song’s lyrics, which are about emotional contrasts.
Swaya debut EP ‘Surely, Sunny Side‘ is expected to land later this year. Follow and stay tuned!