Sivan teased the collaboration last month, saying he “maybeeeeeee” had worked with “two of my fave artists of all time.” The lush reimagining has arrived, and it comes with a new verse written by Musgraves and fresh, gorgeous instrumentation courtesy of super-producer Ronson.
Originally, “Easy” used a standard, almost unwavering drum kit. In contrast, Ronson has jazzed things up with what sounds like a live high-hat and richer, more varied 808s. He’s also added new synth lines that bring layers of textured melancholy to the song. For Musgraves’ part, her added lyrics have a sharpness that is only matched by the clarion tones of her voice. “I’m not a saint so just give me the blame,” she sings, “I know what I want and it gets in my way/ I know I’m not easy, darlin’/ (I’m kinda a freak, my darlin’).”
This remix of “Easy” is accompanied by an epic music video that shows off Nashville’s gritty underbelly. Sivan has a mullet, and Musgraves dies her own hair in a motel bathroom. They square dance in a drag bar, wait awkwardly outside an adult toy store, and hit the road with Musgraves driving and Sivan riding shotgun. Check it out below.
Musgraves and Sivan first worked together on “Glittery” from The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show. She recently guested on The Flaming Lips’ new album American Head, and over the summer Ronson contributed to Dua Lipa’s remix album Club Future Nostalgia.
Maybeeeeeeee there’s a feature on In A Dream after all. Maybe two of my fave artists of all time
— troye (@troyesivan) November 10, 2020