EUROPEAN TOUR STARTS TODAY
HEADLINES THE ROUNDHOUSE AS PART OF PITCHFORK LONDON THIS SATURDAY
Following the release of her much anticipated and critically acclaimed debut album With A Hammer earlier this year, Yaeji returns with a brand new single and music video for “easy breezy”, out now via XL Recordings. This week also sees Yaeji embark on the European leg of her ‘With A Hammer’ tour, including headlining the prestigious Pitchfork London festival this Saturday at the Roundhouse.
After a whirlwind year of landmark moments, Yaeji took the opportunity to return to the studio in August, between her North American and European tour, and from it came this exciting new release. After writing a deeply cathartic and personal record, Yaeji fell back in love with her craft again, so when it came to writing the new single it just flew out of her. “easy breezy” sees Yaeji draw inspiration from a lot of the Japanese and Korean music she grew up listening to (and still does), which itself is heavily influenced by UKG, House and Brazilian music; Yaeji combines a Bossa nova style guitar sample with her unique beats and vocals with aplomb.
Speaking about the new single Yaeji explains:
““easy breezy” feels like a sequel that weaves a thread through my past releases (and my past selves).
“Learning to let go” – something i learned from “For Granted”
“진정한변화는 (true change) it’s not so easy, it’s not so breezy” – from “Submerge FM”
“한장한장기록으로채운나의 20대의일기장을펼쳐서 (I opened up my diary filled with memories of my 20s)” – from “I’ll Remember for you, I’ll Remember For Me”
“시간이란게점점더빨라지며 (time keeps moving faster and faster)” – from “29”
“isn’t it so crazy how we pass down what we didn’t want to” – from “Done (Let’s Get It)”
Sonically, the song connects a thread between me now and me back in middle school —when I discovered bossa nova, drum and bass, and house through Korean and Japanese pop electronica. “easy breezy” is a thread, a tribute, a recollection of memories, and an encouraging push for us to bring forth change with courage and laughter. we hold the power in our hands, and we should never doubt that. change is now.”
The accompanying video is as lighthearted and carefree as the song itself, seeing Yaeji speed around NYC on her scooter with her dog Jiji, dodging banana skins and other obstacles in a Mario Kart-style race. Once again Yaeji has taken the directors seat for this video, following suit from her recent videos for “For Granted” and “Done (Let’s Get It)”.
Yaeji’s UK and European tour follows on from an expansive and critically acclaimed run of North American dates earlier this year, including a stand-out set at Coachella Festival that Pitchfork described as “[Yaeji in] full-force superstar mode, singing and dancing to sleek choreography with finesse that could easily put several bigger stars to shame.”George Riley will be opening for Yaeji on the tour with her experimental take on R&B which has seen her receive critical acclaim from the likes of the Guardian, Pitchfork and more.
Yaeji: Upcoming tour dates:
Nov 07, 2023 Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
Nov 08, 2023 Berlin, DE @ Astra
Nov 09, 2023 Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset
Nov 11, 2023 London, UK for Pitchfork Festival @ Roundhouse
Nov 13, 2023 Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
Nov 14, 2023 Paris, FR @ Elysée Montmartre
Nov 15, 2023 Prague, CZ @ Roxy
Nov 17, Santiago de Compostela, ES @ Sala Capitol
Nov 18, 2023 Barcelona, ES @ Nitsa