By Clare Martin
“I count the steps from my house to yours / To see if my legs are longer than before,” Smoothboi Ezra sings softly on the opening of “Stuck”. Their lyrics are simple, yet poetic and affecting in a way that stays with you. “The worst year of your life started when you met me / You say I shouldn’t take it personally,” they tell us, with a sadness that seeps into your bones.
The Greystones songwriter and producer shared the title track from their Stuck EP today, which is a tender look at a relationship that’s slowly falling apart. As someone who’s non-binary and on the autism spectrum, Smoothboi Ezra offers a perspective on relationships that’s underrepresented in media.
“‘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 19-year-old multi-instrumentalist explains. “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 song has tinges of Phoebe Bridgers to it, filled with a similar emotional intimacy and guitar-grounded sound. The production is delicate and stunning, with layered vocals and a slow-burn of percussion.
The accompanying music video (dir. Arthur Studholme) stars non-binary couple El and Lauren, along with an unsettling Flower Man (Cosmo Wellings) who looks like Florence Pugh’s character in Midsommar was consumed by her flower dress. From the scrappy animation style to the sweet moments between El and Lauren, the lo-fi feel of the video wonderfully complements the song.
Watch the video for “Stuck” and check out the track list of the EP, out on 11th June, below. Get ready to cry at a gig, too, because they’re playing Whelan’s on 22nd September. Buy your tickets here.
Stuck EP Track List
- Without Me
- Palm Of Your Hand