By Frank Bell
Welsh folk-pop artist Greta Isaac has released the title track to her upcoming spring 2021 EP, Pessimist, created over an 18-month period of self-reflection and artistic experimentation.
With a history of incredible use of multi-layered vocals, which isn’t shied away from on Pessimist, Greta’s powerful voice sits well on top of the thumping drum beat that controls the flow of the song, while the acoustic rhythm jumps in between. It becomes hard not to move along to the constantly dancing beat, while Greta’s songwriting delves into topics of an attitude that is always in motion.
In relation to this, Greta has said that “I wrote this song about seeing the contrast between having this very childlike carefree mindset and that suddenly switching into this negative, exhausted state of mind. This song is a perspective song, an ode to myself.” Before further going on to say how she wanted to create something that sounded fun, but could still be described as “Euphoric, with sad undertones.”
With her clear talent for crafting the catchiest of pop melodies, the forthcoming EP Pessimist takes influence from the poetic traditions of the musical family in rural Wales where she grew up. Now in London and working closely with writers and producers like Martin Luke Brown and Matt Zara, this new single becomes especially personal for Greta with its bedroom written lyrics and tiny box studio recordings.