Joining forced with musical force Matt Maltese, the multi-talented Etta Marcus unveils her stripped-back cut, “Salt Lake City”. Releasing her hauntingly beautiful cut via Platoon, listeners are treated to sweet acoustic sounds as the gentle hum of the guitar joins Etta and Matt’s emotion-invoking vocals in perfect harmony. Also coming accompanied by a music video that aims to provide nostalgic scenes, akin to those from her favourite artist’s, the project becomes a subtle reference to Etta’s musical influences.
“‘Salt Lake City’ is wrapped in delusion and false hope. 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 country, but compromising a little too much for someone that isn’t worth it. At its core, it’s a devastating dialogue between two people who are trying but failing,” explains the songstress when speaking on the meaning behind her latest track.
Upon the release of her new track, the artist got candid with Wonderland about the people and places that have influenced her sound, and her upcoming tour with collaborator Matt. Head below to enjoy our interview with Etta Marcus…
Hi Etta, how are you? How has the last year been for you?
Hey, I’m pretty good, thanks! I spent most of this year tucked away writing. It’s only in the last couple of months where I’m suddenly experiencing a lot of firsts. Releasing my first song, playing my first gig – it’s all very rewarding.
You grew up in Brixton! Do you think that influenced your sound?
Brixton has such a rich musical history that growing up here feels like you’re part of a musical heritage. I had all my music firsts in Brixton, went to my first concert at Brixton Academy, played my first open mic, and played my first gig upstairs at The Ritzy. All of my early memories of Brixton are music-related too. There used to be a dub reggae shop down my road where they would blast music out onto the street; I would go to the Effra Tavern with my parents to watch live jazz and go into Pure Vinyl with my dad to pick up some records. Growing up in Brixton definitely influenced my involvement and love for jazz which will always be embedded in my writing in some way. The amount of music that is compacted into this one area is crazy, and it provides such a stimulus to be able to be surrounded by that all my life.
Is there a particular artist or album that inspires you?
There are so many, but the first that comes to mind is Richard Hawley’s album, Coles Corner. I think it’s one of the earliest memories I have of listening to an album where it took me someplace else and captivated me. I just love everything about it so much. It’s an album that has felt like I have never not known it, like a family member that I understand more of the older I get. In 2012 he performed with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and it’s the one concert that I wish I could have seen. Luckily someone put it on YouTube, so I just pretend that 11-year-old me is there. I’ll always go back to Coles Corner and the rest of Richard Hawley’s music to feel inspired, and because I’ve grown up with it, there’s a greater sense of sentimental value and nostalgia when I listen now, which I think makes it even more special.
Congratulations on the release of “Salt Lake City”! Talk us through the meaning of the track!
Thank you! “Salt Lake City” is wrapped in delusion and false hope. 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 country, but compromising a little too much for someone that isn’t worth it. At its core, it’s a devastating dialogue between two people who are trying but failing.