Hailing from London, ettie is one of the more intriguing and heartfelt singer-songwriters on the circuit. Instead of adhering to a single genre, typically an alt-pop option, this young lady expresses herself by fusing pop-punk and alternative rock. Using her knowledge of English Literature, ettie places clever narratives over intoxicating melodies to share a contemporary but classic tune. Alright, so where am I going with this? Is it just a bunch of fancy words strung together to make ettie sound good – perhaps, but she really deserves the praise.
The latest track from this young artist is ‘hello, I’ve got anxiety’ – a self-written tune capturing the raw and painful experience of living with anxiety. ettie mentioned that she wanted to “write a song that provided a soundtrack to other peoples’ anxieties and hopefully, in time, open up a dialogue around mental health.” I think this might be the theme song to that soundtrack.
Drawing influence from contemporary indie-pop band Pale Waves, but staying true to her pop-punk grounding, ettie has a stripped-back sound reminiscent of Heather Baron-Gracie and Hayley Williams. To ensure a comforting melody, ettie turns towards the softer edge of indie-pop while maintaining her rock edge.
I would choose a favourite element or section of the song, be it lyrical or melodic, but I don’t believe there is a favourite part. Despite being a raw and chilling account of living with anxiety, ettie expresses herself in a heartfelt manner – as if she were chatting to a friend about her feelings. I’m not ashamed to say the song gave me goosebumps and almost brought me to tears. I can’t wait to see what this songstress has planned for the future.