Episode 62: Erin Côté: Magnificent Mingling of Music & Lyrics

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Today on the podcast we are featuring the Vancouver-based musician Erin Côté learn more about her and listen to her track “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

Show Notes and Full Show Transcript

Just popping in to give you a heads-up.  This podcast contains paid promotional content. That means we were compensated for the feature. All opinions are our own and we only choose to represent music that we truly dig. Now on with the show.

Hey everyone welcome to the Eat Sleep Breathe Music podcast. I am your host Jeanette Kimszal. For those of you just joining us, this is the podcast where I talk about different musicians and how their music affects me and then play I track of theirs for you to listen to.

So you can check it out and form your own opinion as well. And if you are so interested in sharing your thoughts on this track and the artist I’ll have details at the end of the show where you can leave your comments.

So today on the show I am chatting about Erin Côté.

Erin was born in Vancouver BC and studied Musical Theatre at Capilano University. 

Her wish is to inspire people, comfort them, and break walls down between people with her music. 

Singing and songwriting are two of her greatest passions. Erin also works as an actress in film and theatre, and as a dancer through performance and choreography.

Erin has danced from the age of 4 and wishes to teach dance to children in the future. Erin’s greatest passion in life is her two sons.

Côté writes about real-life experiences and this can be heard in her track “Crazy Ex Girlfriend” which I will be playing later.

The track is off her Cheeky Saint EP out now via most streaming services.

This song is a valiant and blunt message about how relationships can leave a lasting impression on those who are in them. 

With opening lyrics that go “I wasn’t crazy until you showed me how. Now psycho is all that I know” 

You know you are in for a wild ride with this track. She has this honest, unabashed looked at how relationships can really stick it to you. 

She is raw, exposed, and also humorous in this track. In “Crazy Ex Girlfriend” Erin gets real. 

Her lyrics are very powerful and paint this picture of the scene. As I listen to this I can see her going around doing all these things that she’s singing about.

And it’s just kind of very like powerful. I think at the heart of this song like I think it shows there is this lovelorn picture of someone who is toxic to you. 

You know? You start doing things that are out of the ordinary and considered “crazy.”

But it’s more like because of the relationship you’re in and you can…you become this person that you don’t even know who you are and it may be based on the other person may be toxic for you.

In her music, she has said she hopes to take you somewhere different with her music and you know, she definitely does this. “Crazy Ex Girlfriend” takes you on a wild ride of how you get so poisoned by people and entranced by this one relationship.

I really enjoy the reality of her lyrics. And just kind of the way she can really create a story and have this…you know? Create a scene that really kind of..you can really see it in your mind.

I can’t say that I’ve been a crazy ex-girlfriend but I know there were points in my life when I was seriously infatuated with people and may have done some of these things. Or I have had friends who have done some of these things. 

You know? You’re curious about what’s going on. So you’re like “let’s go for a drive and see what that person’s up to.” 

Or you know, like you’re texting someone to see what’s going on

So it’s relatable.

And I think, at least in my opinion the song is relatable and the song is relatable. And it makes her a good lyricist. 

The fact that she can evoke all this emotion. Evoke all this imagery in your mind. It just shows the power of her lyrics. 

And I think anyone who’s been in a toxic relationship or they have experienced something similar to this can relate and it makes it really real to them.

These lyrics cut in pretty early. It’s about 5 seconds into the track. So you hear a little bit of the pop harmonies going like “do do do” and then it cuts in at like 5 seconds with the lyrics.

So you are pretty taken, pretty quickly with these witty and endearing lyrics. At least to me they were enticing and humorous and just make for a fun song.

The song has also been described as edgy and haunting and I have to agree that there is something so poignant about this song. 

The lyrics are in your face and there is a nervous energy but it plays out really well. That stands out to the listener.

Then in regard to the music of the song, I think that it compliments the lyrics well. There is a light bouncing pop beat that runs in the background. 

It has these snaps that go along with it. It so it really hits where the elements of the lyrics that most jarring and extreme.

This makes for an exciting and heightened listening experience. 

In the music, you can hear a lot of instrumentation. It’s all kind of in the form of like pop melodies. 

They are very lush and orchestral sounding but they do not overpower the song. 

To me, the emphasis seems to be on the lyrics because those stand out more when I first listened to this track.

You know? I really heard the lyrics before I heard the music which is odd because sometimes when I listen to songs I’ll hear the music first. Then I really have to focus on the lyrics because the music just stands out to me on songs. 

For a long time, I never even really listened to the lyrics.

All in all, I think that the way they crafted the music and lyrics is perfect. The popping light bass lines flow like beautifully with the lyrics in each part of the song.

This song also highlights Erin’s talent as a singer. Her commanding vocals are showcased on this track. The witty and sultry singing will appeal to the listener and make them take notice of her musical skills.

You really hear this in the song. Because if she didn’t have a strong voice and strong vocal ability I don’t think you would hear her lyrics so forefront in the music.

So it really kind of shows a testament to her vocal ability. 

When I feature different artists I’m curious about their other music. So I did some digging and found some of her other tracks from this EP on streaming.

The thing that really I enjoy about Erin is that her music is a bit versatile. You know, I went to Amazon to stream her other tracks and I was really delighted by the vast array of musical stylings that I found. 

It really showcases her vitality as a music maker. You know, she veers from poppy upbeat melodies to acoustic guitars and a sultry songstress sound fueled by bluesy piano chords on one of the tracks that I found on Amazon.

If you’re interested in checking out her other music. I can leave links to these in the show notes. She’s streaming on Apple, Amazon, and Spotify as I could see. So you can check out some of her other music if you are interested.

Her talent is also being recognized online and she’s been getting love from the blogosphere. She’s had features in Obscure Sound, Pop Off, OnStage Magazine, Vents Magazine, and Breaking & Entering. I will leave a link to these in the show notes if you want to check them out.

With that being said I don’t want to take up too much more of your time. So without further ado here is “Crazy Ex Girlfriend” by Erin Côté.

We would love to know what you think about Erin Côté. You can tell us in a comment on the podcast webpage. You can also leave an audio comment at the link in the episode summary.

For more information on Erin, you can check out her Youtube page. Her handle is @ErinCote3702

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