EtaCas – “Heroes Are Hard to Find”

A melodic single out today from UK-based duo EtaCas, “Heroes Are Hard to Find” compels in its assembly of melodic vocals, spirited synths, and funk-tinged rhythms. The project of Jefferson Duke and Rob Reng show some excellent songwriting on the track, which takes inspiration from the story of an 18th Century Navy Admiral, John Byng. Per the duo, Byng was “was executed by his own country for failing to do his utmost in battle. This inspired themes of unrequited loyalty and injustice and gave a solid foundation for the lyrical development to build from.”

The lyrical expressions of perseverance against difficult odds are stirring amidst a memorable production, excelling from the debonair guitar infusions to the serene string-laden undercurrents. The title-touting chorus proves especially resonant into the “between the devil,” bridge, contagious with a replay-inducing appeal. “The fate don’t fit the crime,” the vocals let out within an escalating sequence, culminating in a catchy refrain — “between the devil and the deep blue sea,” — that’s reflective of being forced into only dire choices. “Heroes Are Hard to Find” is another standout success from EtaCas, who first caught our ears in February with the single “Edit Your Life.”

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

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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