The song is taken from her upcoming debut album to be released late May 2021 via Motor Music.
“How does the weight of your past now cause you pain? How do the terrors you’ve seen intrigue your dreams?”
Countless questions – carried by an enchanting synth patter and a fragile voice, creating an enigmatic atmosphere. We are talking about the song “Trauma” of the Zurich-based artist GINA ÉTÉ. In this first single taken from her upcoming Debut Album, she combines what many would not even dare to imagine: Skillful pop music and strong statements.
After she started learning Arabic, Gina volunteered on the Greek Island Lesvos in the Community Center OHF, which lead her to writing this song: Trauma is asking about the forgotten memories of a young Syrian – and ultimately apologizing for her own guilt in his experience. “It sounds so involved, but I mostly just feel paralized. Music is my way out. But I don’t want to write songs to clear my bad conscience; or in any case, it does not wash out.”
The young director Jelena Vujovic – who has just been nominated for the Prix du cinema Suisse 2021 in the category Meilleur film de diplôme – made a video to the song in black and white. The gloomy, beautifully chosen images are intriguing to watch and at the same time painfully reminding us of the fatal consequences of Europe’s failure to provide safe escape routes. “We keep hearing those news” explains Jelena in her screenplay, “hoping for a better life, many people begin their journey towards Europe and find themselves forced into illegal means of transport. Those journeys end fatal far too often – and we just accept it, as if it was inevitable.“
While the situation in the film is getting more precarious, the music is intensifying, Gina’s voice becomes pleading: “I am sorry for what my country‘s done to you“, the only line which is not a question. And there you will hear it, GINA ÉTÉ’s unusual combination of personal and political into Hybrid Pop. Searching, stirring, intriguing. Soundtrack for our time.
Stream the single via Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/
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