Ireland’s Smoothboi Ezra today shares their debut EP, Stuck, on the heels of the release of the title track earlier this spring which found fans at NPR Music, Dork, Atwood Magazine, Consequence, DIY, and more. 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. They are helping people who don’t often see themselves represented in the media to hear themselves in music and to know that there are songs which speak to their experience. They are moving the needle on what it means to write a love song.
Listen to Smoothboi Ezra’s Stuck EP HERE.
From their poster-covered bedroom-meets-recording studio in sleepy Greystones, Ireland, a small coastal town, 19-year-old artist Smoothboi Ezra writes catchy but subtle tracks; self-deprecating but never sombre; always utterly charming. Ezra’s Stuck EP 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.
On “Without Me,” Ezra reflects on the breakup and confesses to not wanting the person to move on: “It’s about trying to come to terms with not being that person’s number one anymore.” And on “You,” Ezra speaks more broadly about their experience of emotional relationships: “My autism makes it hard for me to remember how I feel about people when they’re not right in front of me,” they explain. “I have very little emotional object permanence which makes it hard to feel loved by people but also makes it hard for me to let the people I love know and feel my love for them.”
Ezra is a self-taught songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Title track “Stuck” landed on Bob Boilen’s All Songs Considered, while their previous single “My Own Person” garnered widespread acclaim from the likes of BBC Radio 1, NME, Consequence, Dork, the Irish Times, and more. In their short career, they’ve played Great Escape, Consequence’s Protect Live Music livestream, garnered +16 million Spotify streams and 1.4 million at Apple for their independent releases, supported Orville Peck at Dublin’s Grand Social, and more.
Stuck EP by Smoothboi Ezra is out now, listen here.
2. Without Me
4. Palm Of Your Hand