Ease My Mind, the fifth full-length by Shout Out Louds, marks a welcome return to the Swedish pop masters roots. Following up 2013's Optica, the album was recorded with Fredrik Swahn (from the band The Amazing) who filled the band with such new energy that they were willing to commute to the 'burbs during the darkest months of the year. He was joined by Måns Lundberg who produced the song "Souvenirs" and Axel Algmark who produced "No Logic" and "Angel." The band also recruited Lars Skoglund for drums, known for his work with Lykke Li.
"Ease My Mind celebrates music as a means of escape, a need to take a break from feeling petrified with fear," the band notes. "The world is a different place now than it was in the beginning of the 2000's. We didn't grow up very aware of political messages in music and probably didn't feel much of an urgent need to understand the world around us, in that sense. However, that has changed over the years. The world has seemed extremely dystopic and frail for quite a while now, and having children and getting older forces you to open your eyes to issues more devastating than heartbreak and feeling lost.
"But in our music, we still allow ourselves to address things the way we always have: through emotions rather than analysis. Music as a means of escape, a need to take a break from feeling petrified with fear. Ease My Mind is a lot about that for us."