Monica Martin shared her hauntingly gorgeous “Go Easy Kid” last fall which was praised by The New York Times, among others. Now, the Los Angeles-based, Wisconsin-raised performer shares a breathtaking new live version of “Go Easy Kid”featuring James Blake, along with a video of the recording filmed at Conway Recording Studios in Los Angeles and directed by Chris Sgroi. Of the new recording, Blake noted via Instagram, “A while back I put a post up saying ‘Go Easy Kid’ by @monicamartin was my favourite song to come out in years… well Monica invited me to sing it with her.”
The gorgeous and, at times, heartbreaking song takes a look at Monica’s rebellious spirit and self-sabotaging qualities but also how freeing it is to think about our insignificance in the scope of the world, with lyrics like “I commit myself to sabotage,” “Pledge allegiance to some sanity” and the song’s refrain, “Cause after all, no one’s in control. Go Easy kid, it’s only rock & Roll.”
Monica Martin is presently at work putting melodies to her “explorations in romantic f*ckery,” with lowkey pop songs, blue note whispers, some golden-era Hollywood dramatics, and psychedelic flickers courtesy of a theremin.