Hailing from London, England, ettie is an artist with a unique brand of musical storytelling. The success of her EP, Manic Pixie Dream Girl, has placed her front and centre in the queer-pop scene, with her honest lyrics about queer love and life set to nostalgic melodies. ettie’s last single, “Marty McFly,” delves into sentimentality and a yearning to go back and tell her younger self that it’s ok to be who you are.
“‘Marty McFly’ is me making a rock anthem out of the formative years I wish I could have back,” says ettie about her new single. “Come jump in the DeLorean with me, dance the pain away, and remember life is so much sweeter when you’re living it authentically.”
This single boasts an accessible pop-rock style, with ettie’s vocals and lyrics standing out as the most prominent aspects of the song. Her refreshing honesty is wrapped in a tongue-in-cheek nostalgic reference (truly, is there anyone out there who doesn’t love “Back to the Future,” or have very specific memories related to it?). There’s a great catchiness to the chorus, beyond just the resonant words that stick in your head. ettie doesn’t overdo it; she keeps it simple, to-the-point, and incredibly listenable. If music fans can take anything from this song, aside from the inevitable earworm it becomes, let it be this: be who you are, do what feels right, and maybe you can create something as personal yet widely relatable as ettie has done with this track.