Overcoming nasty memories with the help of an unlikely fictional character, Aunty Social‘s latest single ‘Cortex’ is a gentle, upbeat offering. The song is lifted from her upcoming debut EP, The Day My Brain Broke, which is set for release on 6th March.
The Toronto-based bedroom-pop artist chose to look to 90s game Crash Bandicoot to help work through her trauma. Aunty Social (aka Daniela Gitto) explains further: “I decided to imagine the person who caused a lot of trauma in my life as the fictional enemy of Crash Bandicoot, named Cortex. When I was a child, I was so encompassed by the game that I would imagine all my peers as characters from it. My best friend would be imagined as CoCo Bandicoot, and anyone that did me harm would be Cortex. The song is bright and uplifting, so I decided to challenge that by masking the negative subject matter with childlike innocence.”
Gitto’s dark context on ‘Cortex’ contrasts well with her buoyant beats and video game analogies, giving the track a nostalgic glow. It’s laced with her soft vocals and summery synth sounds, easing the complex feelings explored in her lyrics.