Hamilton, Ontario’s Ellevator has taken part in our recurring Live From Home series.
Ellevator stripped down the track completely. This version of “Easy” revolves entirely around an acoustic guitar line and frontwoman Nabi Sue Bersche’s vocals. This makes for an intimate rendition of the powerful tune. The emotive, hook-driven indie rock anthem is all about frontwoman Nabi Sue Bersche’s time in a cult.
“I was raised in the world of charismtatic Christianity – an offshoot of Pentecostalism,” Bersche explains. “God was magic and prophetic ecstasies happened every Sunday. As a child, I spoke in tongues and prayed until my body swayed with a gentle force like wind knocking me backward. A deep and abiding love of the natural world took hold of me. I witnessed firsthand the wild power of music – how it could uplift, ensnare, console, inspire.”
Watch Ellevator’s Live From Home performance in full below.
“When I was 17 I moved to the other side of the world and joined what would most accurately be described as a cult,” Bersche adds. “I prayed for strangers I met in parking lots. I shut my eyes and read the dappled light between my lashes like tea leaves that could divine the future. Vulnerability was a badge in that community so I learned to overshare. Teachings were given in the language of freedom while the stiff hand of purity reduced my body to a shameful temptation.”
“Growing up like that gave me a love of music, a nose for bullshit, and a lot to unravel. This song is about the good and evil things we are raised to believe. I was held captive by an ideology that severely limited my life and my perspective of the world around me. It’s a process I’m still in the middle of, this work of extraction.”
“Easy” is a precursor to the debut Ellevator album, out in early 2022. Former Death Cab For Cutie member Chris Walla produced the original version of “Easy.” On the track, Ellevator leans into the sounds of late-aughts guitar music, and nods to indie acts like Spoon and Feist.