Single Review: Easy Money // Johnny Marr

The Indiependent

It’s rather apt that the almighty Johnny Marr’s lead single ‘Easy Money’ from upcoming album Playland proclaims ‘Cash for a degree / that’s money money’ following Thursday’s Results Day; the lines refer of course to the ridiculous cost of an opportunity to brighten our futures. Not only this but the song also explores the privileges people are willing to sacrifice “Working for it all / but it’s money money” for those bits of paper or figures on a screen, with the naïve belief that they’re the key to happiness.

Musically, the song itself has a far more prominent bass line than what we’ve come to expect: the sharp-edged, catchy riff (not unlike that of Modest Mouse’ ‘Dashboard’) is very much the crux of the song. This is a rather stark yet conveniently (and presumably intentionally) appropriate contrast in terms of key.

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