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If the past 12 months have taught us anything, it’s that there’s no explicitly ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ approach to handling the drudgery of lockdown. If you’d prefer to pass time vegging out on the sofa as opposed to penning your own literary masterpiece…that’s fine!

Even so, it’s difficult not to admire – and indeed envy – the route traced by young songwriter Ecota. Born in Lithuania and now based in Newcastle, Valerija Michailova has used those nondescript evenings shut away in her bedroom to foster a burgeoning creative spark; a process culminating almost exactly a year later with the release of her debut EP, What We Gonna Do?

While Ecota was established with no pre-conceived sound or direction, the four-track release – due on Friday 16th April – displays a surprising sense of focus, pitching its tent in the lo-fi indie/dream-pop realm occupied by the likes of Real Estate and Youth Lagoon. From the hazy chimes of the opening title track to the amped-up shoegazing of closer Forget You – via tales of longing and struggles to move on from past relationships – What We Gonna Do? is ripe with the tumult and growing pains of youth, striking potent chords whilst simultaneously offering rich scope from which to advance.

A bright launchpad that’s as encouraging as it is enterprising.

Ecota releases What We Gonna Do? on 16th April

 

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