Share new song, ‘Reason To Run‘
ft. Real Estate’s Martin Courtney
High in Place due 30th September via Captured Tracks
EZTV have given us another insight into their excellent upcoming release, premiering a new track on The FADER today. The song is called “Reason to Run” and The FADER describe it as “a breezy confluence of baked, magic hour guitar strums and slightly snarling electric riffs. While undeniably easy on the ears, Ezra Tenenbaum’s lyrics paint a knotty picture of resilience in the face of alienation and despondency.”
The band told The FADER, “We’re all fans of Many Moons by Real Estate’s Martin Courtney. Martin has such a unique sensibility with guitar licks, especially with a 12-string electric guitar. When we toured with Martin in February, he jumped onstage with us for a Flamin Groovies cover with his 12-string, which kind of sparked the idea of him writing a lick specifically for ‘Reason to Run.’ He came down to the city a couple of hours before a Woods show and knocked his part out in like half an hour. I think he and Ezra are weirdly simpatico with regard to syncopation and rhythm, so watching the two of them kind of huddle over the guitar was great, on the same wavelength and finishing each others’ thoughts.”
High in Place features several guest appearances from friends of the band includingJenny Lewis who lent her vocals to the first single “High Flying Faith”. The album also includes cameos from Chris Cohen, Martin Courtney and Matt Kallman of Real Estate, John Andrews of Quilt, Nic Hessler and Mega Bog.
Stereogum described “High Flying Faith” as “…a wistful and chiming look back on all the changes that have undergone NYC since the band first started out” while KEXP welcomed the return of the band calling the song “More indie pop goodness”.
Year after year the New York City we know, in constant flux, changes with some parts disappearing altogether. Take the Brooklyn venue where the three-piece EZTV played their first show two years ago – gone. The East Village record store that stocked the band’s first tape on consignment – shuttered. As the band watch their compatriots move out of the city to cheaper, more idyllic pastures, it’s as if New York itself is telling them: “Drop dead.” When lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Ezra Tenenbaum sings, “Facedown on the concrete, While I dream of wider streets” on “States of Confusion,” you can hear weariness in his voice, and a touch of wistful “what-if” longing for more room, a little less hassle, a few more trees… maybe even a garage to park the 8-track machine.
But the shining “High Flying Faith” – the first song written for the album – is a refutation of urban weariness, it’s title perhaps acting as a makeshift motto for the optimism (and stubbornness) that is key to New York bands like EZTV. Inspired by the lyrics of “Broken Heart” by Skip Spence, it’s a 12-string-propelled nugget that best shows how EZTV operate: toeing the line between past and present, with a keen ear for left-of-the-dial experimentation that never lets the songs hew too far into pastiche and genre nostalgia. Many of the band’s foundational inspirations – the Feelies’ upstart jangle, the upside-down pop architecture of Arthur Russell’s power pop band The Necessaries, Shoes’ aching harmonies – are back in play on High in Place, their sophomore album, though new instruments and feels abound throughout. Produced and engineered by the band themselves, a baby grand piano rings and 12-string acoustic guitars shimmer throughout the album, recalling the clear-eyed production techniques of Jeff Lynne.
One great advantage to living in New York: eventually all your friends come to visit. Taking advantage of tour stopovers, trips to attend weddings, or even just commandeering someone’s vacation for a few days, EZTV invited some like-minds and fellow songwriters into the studio – Jenny Lewis, Chris Cohen, Martin Courtney and Matt Kallman of Real Estate, John Andrews of Quilt, Nic Hessler and Mega Bog – to guest on High in Place. Aptly recorded on a tape machine purchased from a Lower East Side Studio that was going out of business, in a space where the New York City skyline both loomed and inspired through its glass windows, High in Place is an album of ten golden pop songs worthy of any era.
High in Place is out on Captured Tracks September 30th. Pre-order the album here:
HIGH IN PLACE | Out September 30th via Capture Tracks
1) High Flying Faith
2) Racing Country
3) Reason To Run
5) States Of Confusion
7) Temporary Gold
9) How Long’s It going to Be
10) Goodbye Morning