Pop Star on the rise Greta Isaac gives us the final taste from her upcoming EP with new single “Like Me“
The new song reveals more than you may first assume, developing from its gentle pop beginnings into a fervent, almost tactile soundscape; transformed by its “gnarly”, in Greta’s words, sounding guitar hook that makes the pent up frustration in the song feel almost tangible, ‘Like Me’ examines the anxiety-inducing inner debate that arises when lost in the search for validation from others.
Greta shares, “We wanted something that sounded like anxiety, a quick heartbeat, that urgency. This rising panic. We just bashed it out in an hour. It sounded like a dance track that we were thinking of pitching to someone. But when we put the guitar in it became so gnarly,” Greta remembers about writing it. “It’s probably the most on the nose in terms of just wanting to be validated and how that is my intention behind everything I do. But I still wanted it to sound like a euphoric release, for it to give you relief from any panic that I felt. I never get bored of it, I love it!”
The new single ‘Like Me’ swiftly follows Greta’s first two releases, ‘Power’ and ‘Pessimist’, which both attracted a glut of media attention. BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders and tastemaker blogs such as Notion and Diffus have each shown their support for Greta, who also landed spots on regional stations such as BBC Radio Wales & Amazing Radio in addition to several prestigious editorial playlists across DSPs.
Greta recently made her directorial debut with the video for Orla Gartland’s latest single ‘More Like You’. ‘Like Me’ will also arrive with a self-directed video by Greta. “Directing videos and film has always ticked away quietly in the back of my mind. Film is such a huge inspiration for me and music has always felt like a vehicle for expressing myself through visual art forms. Directing Orla’s video was a huge step and learning curve for me. I loved it.”
Focusing on forging meaningful creative relationships, Greta has worked closely with writers and producers Martin Luke Brown, Matt Zara, Mark Elliot, and Phil Cook. They wrote in their bedrooms, tracked vocals in tiny box studios, and worked on the tracks bit by bit over months and months, letting them breathe before coming back to them when it felt right.