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talker’s champagne picnic goes sideways on “Easygoing”

LA indie artist talker (Celeste Tauchar) is back with another preview of her upcoming debut album. “Easygoing” sounds like vintage Sheryl Crow, and the video for the song might be talker’s doorway to a career in movie-making. It’s a bit reminiscent of Brian DePalma’s 1976 film Carrie, but updated for the dating-app generation.

Co-written with Jake Finch and Collin Pastore (Lucy Dacus, boygenius, illuminati hotties), the song has many memorable lines like: “I’ve never seen my parents kiss, that has something to do with it / I only want the opposite, for you to be obsessed.”

Says talker: “I tried for so long to fit myself into the comfort zones of other people, to make dynamics work that maybe just weren’t for me. People-pleasing and not asking for what I needed. I wish I could say this song was written from a place of ‘I don’t care what you think of me’ but in reality it came from a really insecure place, where I felt like because I actually, you know, have needs, I was destined to push people away and be too much.”

The new album promises to be talker’s most soul-baring work to date, with songs about growing up Mormon and much more. (Historical note: the CEO of Warner Bros. Records in the 70s was named Joseph Smith.)

If you put the music of Wolf Alice, Taylor Swift and Sheryl Crow in a paint-shaker, you’ll get a good feel for talker’s influences, yet her sound is uniquely her own.

Watch the video for “Easygoing” below, or find the song on your favorite streamer.

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