By Elle B
Irish-born, London-based singer-songwriter Etaoin’s latest single I Hate Everyone (But I Don’t Mind You) is a notable departure from the young artist’s usual repertoire of slow-burning heartbreak anthems that have earned her millions of streams over the last couple of years. Etaoin found significant success over lockdown, with her singles Pale Damp Cheeks and Bedroom Walls reaching over one and two million Spotify streams, respectively. Following on the momentum of her newfound success, Etaoin has returned to the indie music scene, this time venturing down a new avenue of slick, clean pop with her latest release.
I Hate Everyone (But I Don’t Mind You) is a track surging with quintessential pop ballad power. The foundation of folky guitar chords is embedded with slick electronics to create a polished pop song, the perfect backdrop for Etaoin’s memorable lyrics. Her raw emotion plays a pivotal role in what makes this track work, as she dissects her thoughts and feelings about a dysfunctional relationship, self-sabotage, and the complexity of love.
“The song is based around the idea of knowing someone fancies you and fancying them back secretly, but also knowing that you guys would be AWFUL for each other and it would never ever work out. Then also enjoying the fact that it could be a really bad idea. There are so many emotional ups and downs that happen when you start to like someone like that – especially when neither of you are good at talking about your feelings and you’re not sure what’s going on.”
Etaoin’s powerful belting vocals and sweetened falsettos provide all of the star quality you could want on this track, and her combined vocal talent and lyrical ability continue to impress. This talented young artist is carving out a successful career in the music industry for herself, and we can’t wait to see what she does next.