At just 20 years old, singer-songwriter Etta Marcus is already an older hand when it comes to songwriting, penning music since she was 14. Born-and-bred in Brixton, South London, she’s been honing her worldly sound and style, pulling from a melting pot of influences including everything from David Bowie to Fountains of Wayne, leaving her with a style that is truly her own.
Her latest release follows her debut single, “Hide & Seek,” which was only released last month. Making for a notable second impression, her sophomore track, “Salt Lake City’‘ alongside tastemaker darling, Matt Maltese, instantly feels both reflective and timeless, perfectly portraying tough-to-communicate feelings into song.
“Salt Lake City” is the second single to be taken from Etta’s debut EP, The View From The Bridge, a personal and intimate experience that expresses universal sentiments of loss, regret, and a desire to strive for something better. A search for hope that flows throughout, Etta creates a sonic world of haunting yet romantic melodies, combining idealism with deeper truths.
Etta shares on the track,
Salt Lake City is wrapped in delusion. The idea of moving somewhere for someone and thinking that it will mend things, when deep down you know it won’t. I think it’s something a lot of us have done, not necessarily moving to another country, but compromising a little too much for someone that isn’t worth it.
I had been listening to a lot of Americana influenced music, and I suddenly became totally obsessed with the sound of lap steel guitar. As soon as I was able to play one, the whole song fell into place. Alongside the shimmery guitars, the reverb-heavy tambourine, and Matt singing the second verse, it turned into this Nancy and Lee, Some Velvet Morning, meets Mazzy Star type of concoction. It was such a fun and exciting experience.
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