Londoner singer and songwriter Ettie debuts with a soothing pop-punk song about a toxic, but somehow charming love, called Fast Cars and Airplanes.
Fast cars and airplanes are the metaphor for the destructive force a relationship can bring, but also for the captivating energy usually involved in a romantic affair.
The song is undoubtedly well-written and well-produced. A seasoned listener may perceive the need for this young songwriter to mature and possibly deliver sharper lines, however, with only one single out, she is on to something really great and we’re excited to see her progress.
While we wait for more music by Ettie, we can enjoy a single that merges retro sounds with fresh, contemporary production choices.
Ettie‘s vocals stand out beautifully in a layered, but nonintrusive arrangement, where distorted guitars sit with just a few electronic elements and where a dreamy mood is kept consistent.
Resembling a lucky encounter between Alanis Morrisette and Avril Lavigne, the song starts with a soothing electric guitar to accompany heartfelt vocals about the beginning of a relationship. The production is soon enriched by bass, acoustic guitars, pounding drums, coming together to build an energetic hook in the chorus. The simple yet effective guitar solo at the end of the second chorus, surrounded by wandering synths that represent an additional layer of a well-planned arrangement, brings the listener back in time, where guitars (and not computers) were still considered the main ingredient of a good song.
It is perceivable how Ettie, an English Literature student, put a lot of effort into the lyrics. The images evoked by the poetic lines are yet again consistent to the tale narrated in the song, with a much enjoyable result. After Fast Cars and Airplanes, we are sure Ettie will prove her talent to the world and we can’t wait to hear more from her.
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