EtaCas – “Edit Your Life”


Captivating in both its moody, funk-laden electro-pop verses and radiant hooky effervescence that ensues, “Edit Your Life” is a standout track released today from EtaCas. The Oxford, UK-based duo of Rob Reng and Jefferson Duke infuse melodic vocal escalations, swift guitar infusions, and colorful synth pulses with a glowing cohesion. “We were both interested in a lazy California style synth pop track with smatterings of disco funk and a bit of underlying grit,” the duo says of the track’s inspirations, also noting themes revolving around a relationship’s break-up in the digital age.

Debonair guitars and spacey synths venture into the funk-friendly arsenal, propelled by the trickling guitars and suave bass-forward momentum. The call-and-response vocal momentum stirs in the bridge, thereafter pleading for the end of “smoke and mirrors,” into the title-touting irresistibility; this is a wholly replay-inducing hook, with enjoyable shades of Cut Copy, aesthetically. The “edit your life,” and “act like you were never in love,” lyrical pairing speaks to the social media age, and how a relationship’s dissolution prompts not only personal introspection, but a social media revamping as well.

The duo elaborates further: “This song is from the point of view of someone experiencing all these things, having been ripped out of their ex’s social media posts, and replaced with images of a perfect new life. This is a song for anyone who has had to navigate a break-up in the modern world.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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