Title - 'Salty Water' [EP]
Artist - Sevi Ettinger
For those not in the know, Sevi Ettinger is a 15 year-old girl with not only a story to tell, but a future to be made.
Devastated by the Syrian refugee crisis, Sevi was heartbroken as she observed reports of the plight that these people - adults and children alike - were being forced to endure.
Thus, on her debut EP, Salty Water, Sevi pours her pain into a collection of four new songs, where her personal anguish and grief is expressed vividly within her lyrics.
1. 'Salty Water'
3. 'Don't Fall Behind'
Complete with a rather striking cover and back art, Salty Water is a strong showing of lyrical emotion from Sevi, and begins with that very same title track ("Why can't we just be the people we are? Why can't we just be the people we want to be? It's unfair, I feel like I am falling into the ocean, tasting the salty water.") - a cut that was actually originally recorded via an app on her phone.
The light and breezy acoustic guitar pop of 'Live' shows us another side of Sevi, as Middle Eastern flavors are majestically brought to the fore, and that's backed by the danceable hipsway of 'Don't Fall Behind.' The former a call to arms to dream like no one has dreamt before, the latter a heartfelt nod to a world that Sevi believes to be out of control right now, they are both so lyrically astute.
Rounding out her debut EP, one produced by Grammy-winning Jeff Bova (and also mixed), Phil Jarrell, Sevi herself, and mastered by Bernie Grundman, is 'Eyes,' a deeply personally ballad.
Reflecting back to that cover art, even that has a deep meaning for Sevi. For as much as her EP is lyrically dedicated to the people who can't be who they want to be due to fear, violence, and discrimination, the artwork too expresses the colored smoke depictions of the bombed cities like Aleppo (which ejected the dust-covered faces of children without homes, forced into totally alienating and bewildering future.
Bringing the story full circle, Sevi is a top fundraiser for USA for UNHCR's (the UN Refugee Agency) 'A Mile Together" campaign, benefiting refugees.
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