Ezra Williams announces debut album, Supernumeraries
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“Bleed” by Ezra Williams is out now, listen here.
Self-taught songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Ezra Williams (fka Smoothboi Ezra) today offers their haunting new single, “Bleed.” The stunning track also serves to announce their debut full-length album, Supernumeraries, out this June. “Bleed” is a window into Ezra’s deepest musings; listen to it HERE, and pre-save Supernumeraries HERE.
Ezra offers an often overlooked take on emotional relationships, as they’re 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 hear themselves in music and moving the needle on what it means to write a love song. They’ve been compared to “Phoebe Bridgers at her best” (Paste), and their tender, self-examining indie calls to Fiona Apple, Soccer Mommy and Indigo De Souza, though they wouldn’t corner or compare themselves with anyone but their own self.
With “Bleed,” we find hints of Nirvana in the strumming electric guitars and in the moody falling-down-the-scale melodies; the cavernous way their voice lingers around after we get and occasional peep at sunniness in the melody. The rawness and intimacy of their last EP, Stuck, remains while expanding exponentially through atmospheric production that leaves a resonant impact. The accompanying visual paints a moving picture of what it means to feel at home; how it can either feel like a blanket that’s musty in a good way, or like an unfamiliar, sterile cage, depending on who occupies it with you. The faces morphing into one another in bright reds and warm browns, with pops of cool blues and grassy greens reflect the range of emotions we’re able to glean from Ezra’s music. “‘Cause you smell like a home that you love and you know, wish I knew what I smelled like to you…” they croon.
Of “Bleed,” Ezra says, “It’s a song about people you are close to and generally the disconnect one feels in certain situations. Wanting that closeness without it sometimes feeling/being possible.”
Growing up in a coastal town in County Wicklow, Ezra always loved living right next to the sea – but hated the sand. An introverted person growing up, they veered between being “the quiet kid or kid that was always getting in trouble… I was a different person depending on who I was around, which I think is an autism thing,” they say. It simply took uploading their first songs to SoundCloud so their mother could listen for flocks of folks to organically fall in love with their demos.
Since then, Their single “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 appeared on the Netflix series Heartstopper, after which Ezra’s total Spotify streams skyrocketed to over 80million and counting. In their short career, they’ve played Great Escape, Consequence’s Protect Live Music livestream (alongside Glass Animals, Real Estate, Perfume Genius, and many more), Glastonbury Fest online, recently opened for Malaki, supported Orville Peck at Dublin’s Grand Social, and more. They’ll also be playing a string of live dates this Spring in the UK, including shows in London, Dublin, and at the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition. Ezra Williams makes music that’s self-deprecating but never sombre, but always utterly charming.
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