Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this evening’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on Kiri Etzkorn, a Canadian artist currently based out of Toronto. Her latest single, distributed in partnership with the Dashney Music Group, is the atmospheric, emotional ‘Anything At All.’ Etzkorn’s top priority is songwriting, something she particularly takes to heart, perhaps more so than her pop music counterparts in the independent scene. That’s refreshing; pop music still has to be well penned. Let’s dig into the tune and discover whether or not Etzkorn’s new tune is worth picking up.
‘Anything At All’ doesn’t tackle anything that’s particularly foreign to pop music. Its anthemic nature is something we hear from that side of the scene on a regular basis, as is the production and instrumentation. I do, however, think that Etzkorn does a fine job leading the listener through familiar territory in a fresh way. Even though I’ve heard songs like ‘Anything At All’ many times before, Etzkorn’s delivery and presence allow the track to remain interesting and enjoyable.
Lyrically, the track is one of those tunes that delves into the emotions of a relationship that wasn’t reciprocated properly. Etzkorn gave all her love to someone, and they didn’t return it and ended up leaving. It’s heartbreaking subject matter, and it doesn’t have any real conclusive end or resolution. As Etzkorn sings, did she mean anything at all? The song doesn’t offer a fix to its emotions, but it does offer a voice and reassurance to any listener who has been put in the same position. That’s very good.
Instrumentally, as I mentioned, the track is pretty standard. It’s atmospheric, she’s soaked in reverb, and it rises and falls as her vocals peak. At times, I think Etzkorn may be mixed a tad high; the timbre of her voice on the high notes of the choruses is quite sharp. Some better EQ probably could have solved this problem.
In any case, ‘Anything At All’ is a wonderfully lovely little statement of humanity, one very much worth checking, and one that’s well written, too. Etzkorn’s got a music video for the piece that’s very well shot as well, which you can find below. If the track is any indication of her work to come, she’s got some real promise as a pop artist.