Matt Batey’s solo project Ruler finds the Montana-turned-Seattle-hailing musician pushing out the single “Easy Life,” a high-spirited pop-rock masterwork stitched together from the fabric of life’s woes.

From dealing with a downer of a 9-to-5 job to a deteriorating relationship, the lyrics express a plea of “why me?” in a world that stomps on the idea of life being easier and more carefree than what reality presents.

The final verse summons some advice, telling any soul in earshot to be the one who “takes the wheel.”

The humorous music video for “Easy Life” shows Batey facing a slew of stumbling blocks, including opening his guitar case to the sight of broken strings, finding out too late that a practice session was relocated and discovering leaves in place of cash in his wallet.