Easy Love

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 Hazy existentialism can transform a pretty melody into a guilt-ridden Dear John Letter. It can take the bratty simplicity of licking a lollipop on the boardwalk, whistling "Les Sucettes,” and make it as heavy as clouds pillowing the California sun. Two years ago, Justine Brown—the 28-year-old drummer of dream-pop duo Summer Twins—began to explore the anxiety associated with regret. She was lovesick, secluded in her family home in Riverside, California. She had an electric guitar and a shoebox filled with painful memories. She referred to her project as “Easy Love.” 

    “I betrayed the person I loved the most,” she says. “Being honest with him about it was heartbreaking, but also freeing.” Released from the shackles of regret, Easy Love became her musical wings. After spending half her life collaborating with her sister, for this project Justine played all the instruments and provided all the vocals.The result was an LP of 9 tracks recorded and engineered by Eric Penna throughout 2016. Most of the songs were recorded in her bedroom with guitars strewn across the bed, a vintage microphone set up next to her dresser, and an amp in the closet. Penna engineered and recorded Easy Love by exploring ‘90s Rock and 60’s French Pop —guided by Brown’s self-referential lyricism. On “No One Like You,” her lithe falsetto floats over a surfy track that’s groovy, above the waves, but dark once you swim under the current of regret found in her words: “There’s no excuse for how I treated you. I should have done things right.”

    Easy Love transforms Brown’s heartache into life-affirming guitar rock. It’s head bobbing "yeah, yeah,” a strictly Californian variety. Melancholic, at times, on unplugged tracks like “The Melody.” It’s also deliciously simple. “I will shine, I’ll be just fine,” she sings on the track “I’ll Be Fine,” which blends the twee K Records vibe, with distorted ‘90s grunge-pop. On the album’s emotional ballad, “Love Letter,” Brown tells the story of reading an old letter from her former lover. It’s a dreamy waltz through a brokenhearted girl’s messy bedroom, where solitude breeds uneasy romance and ‘60s yé-yé naivety.

Easy Love (self titled) will be released on February 3 by California labels Burger Records and Lolipop Records. The Easy Love live band consists of Justine Brown (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Chelsea Brown (harmony vocals and lead guitar), Natalie Burris (bass), and Dave Jauregui (drums). Justine and Chelsea are also the core members of Summer Twins (Burger Records). 

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released February 3, 2016

All songs written and performed by Justine Brown
Recorded and Engineered by Eric Penna
Mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East

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Easy Love Riverside, California

Easy Love consists of members Justine Brown (rhythm guitar and lead vocals), Chelsea Brown (backup vocals and lead guitar), Natalie Burris (bass), and Dave Jauregui (drums). Justine and Chelsea are also the core members of Summer Twins (Burger Records). ... more

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Track Name: No One Like You
I wanted out again, wanted you as a friend
But I did not listen to my intuition
I don't know why I didn't speak my mind
There is no excuse for how I treated you

I should have done things right, should have left before
It was wrong to leave unfaithfully
I feel like I left everything a mess
You deserve someone who is a better person

Never gonna be no one like you
Never gonna be no one that true
Track Name: Way to My Heart
You know the way to my heart
Without trying to hard
You think before you speak
I like the way you dream

We believe in the same things
We like to do anything
We know what life is about
Deciding whether (when) you're in or out

I'm scared I'll give it all
To you, I always do
But you don't pressure me to
I think we're on the same page

We believe in the same things
We like to do anything
We know what life is about
Deciding whether (when) you're in or out
Track Name: I Want You To Know
I want you to know that you're so important to me
Someday soon we can be friends, you'll see
Every time I see you I feel so sad
It just takes me back to when it went bad

Now I'm alright
It's been some time
But I still don't know
How to make things right

I can't think of a time as worse
As the time I made you feel so mad
I didn't get to see you cry
I feel guilt thinking of you tears

& What kills me
Is not knowing
What you went through
When you were alone
Track Name: The Letter
I was just sitting around
I decided to clean out my things
Doing this relaxes me
I didn't know what I would see

While I was sorting through my things
I flipped through a notebook I found
In it was a letter from you
It almost broke my heart in two

& it said
"Baby, I was lying in bed and I saw this notepad on the nightstand and wanted to write a song or doodle I guess I ended up being too consumed and distracted with thoughts of you and us I love you so much"

I know this is for the best
But sometimes I wish we could just talk
We were so close for so long
I didn't get to say goodbye

"Baby, I was lying in bed and I saw this notepad on the nightstand and wanted to write a song or doodle I guess I ended up being too consumed and distracted with thoughts of you and us I love you so much"
Track Name: I'll Be Fine
What do I have
To do today
I can't finish
Anything

I hate waking up
I'd rather just sleep
Than face what I have to do

My time is easy
But I make things hard
Why can't I do
What I know I can do

I love when there's nothing to do
I like just sitting and watching movies

I don't know
What I'm doing
I don't know
What I'm still doing in this place
I need to break away
I know that
There is something more for me
I just have to trust myself
I just need to believe

That I will shine
I'll be just fine
I'll do anything I can think or dream
& I know I'll be afraid sometimes
But I'll fight right through it
I'll never quit
Track Name: I'm Sorry
I can't believe the things I've done
I wish I could go back in time
I should have thought that this would mean
We'd never be as close again

I think that I should have tried
To be more honest every night
I wish I could somehow relay how sorry I am feeling today

We won't ever be this close again
Trust is a fragile thing
We won't ever be this close again
Trust is a fragile thing
Track Name: The Melody
It's hard for me to write, arrange words that satisfy
My ideas of what is good in someone else's eyes

If the lyrics are true to me I've decided to let it be
I like to write what comes and when it comes not to disagree

Focus on the melody, let the music speak
Slam the door on all of your fears and insecurities
If it's good enough for me it doesn't matter if no one sees
Alike minds might find it and take what they want from it
Track Name: Treat Me Mean
Why do you do this to me?
I wish you'd treat this more casually
You know that I see right through you
& you know that you're my go to

I know you'd love me forever
But I don't like when you show it
Pretend that you don't love me
& I'll run, I'll run right to you

When you're out of reach
You're someone I miss
When I'm alone with you
I don't feel it

Don't waste your love
Don't be sweet
I will be your queen
If you treat me mean