Rising star Etta Marcus has released her major label debut EP, ‘Heart-Shaped Bruise’, and shared a video for its single ‘Smile For The Camera’.
The EP follows her critically acclaimed first collection ‘View From The Bridge’, which was released last year. Described by Etta as having a “gritty, unfiltered and unhinged quality”, ‘Heart-Shaped Bruise’ features five songs that tell the story of gradually and inevitably accepting the loss of someone and the journey it takes to find contentment in that acceptance.
Speaking about the EP, Etta said “I wanted to capture an honesty in this body of work that included the more brutal side of things that we usually keep hidden away and feel embarrassed about. I like having arcs throughout my writing and piecing songs together to create a narrative that captures a specific time in my life.”
The video for ‘Smile For The Camera’ follows the 21-year-old singer-songwriter in a wood, with multiple visions of her appearing on screen as the day turns to night. The song itself is an upbeat tune, but as she explains “don’t let that fool you! It’s a mordantly funny but acutely felt song about falling apart in public. I use humor to cope with a lot of things, and this song encapsulates that for me. The storytelling in this is inspired by Fountains of Wayne, a band I grew up listening to.”