Give her an acoustic guitar and she'll unhinge the world: Etaoin's first single "Bedroom Walls" is currently showing its full potential shining on major playlists across all streaming services - it debuted in Spotify's New Music Friday UK and is now listed in lists like Chill Singer-Songwriter, Mellow Pop or Easy, apple music showcases the song in over 20 countries in In My Room, Zeit für mich or Today's Acoustic. In only three weeks the song was able to rake in more than 250,000 streams. "I can’t believe that people are so nice, I'm genuinely shook - I thought it was gonna flop," says the songwriter, heart on sleeve as usual. Reality is that her immediate lyrics and earthbound instrumentals strike a chord in many listeners.
Etaoin keeps chewing on her heartbreak on second single "Pale Damp Cheeks", showcasing intricate finger picking and a belting vocal melody. "It was winter time," Etaoin remembers about writing the song, "a few days after a boy told me 'I like you, but I like her more than you.' And I just sat there feeling so angry at the whole situation. The heating had gone in my house, all the lights were out. There was no one home and I was sitting with my back against the radiator.”
The Tracy Chapman-esque tune paints the picture of immense aloneness and longing for healing. "This song is about wanting to run away from the pride and the anger. I wondered if it was normal to feel so messed up about something. Trying to convince yourself that you are fine and you don’t care, then taking the bandage off and immediately realising: I wasn‘t ready, it‘s not healed."
There's only one thing to do: Put a new bandaid on, listen to "Pale Damp Cheeks" and patiently wait to heal.