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Singled Out: Eva X's Subsume


K. Wiggins | 11-18-2019

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Eva X recently released her new digital EP "Electrowoman" and to celebrate we asked her to tell us about the track "Subsume". Here is the story:

Subsume was written after a visit home to my extended family in Nova Scotia. I have a lot of very, shall we say, traditional relatives. Over the years I've fielded a lot of questions about when I'm going to find a boyfriend, get married, and sort of start settling down. At the time of this particular visit, I was really busy at my day job- I was basically helping launch a new company. On top of that, I was working on my first EP, Electrowoman and also freelancing as a model as well. Unfortunately, a lot of my relatives really didn't seem to care about that when I was out to see them. They were much more interested in when I was going to get a boyfriend. I'd been hit career and creative milestones for years and I felt like nobody in my family really cared. At some point, I would get married, and being "wife and mother" would be the most important thing about me.

So, the song is in many ways a response to that dynamic, and it speaks to a very real fear of mine in choosing my relationships and partners. My work and my art are hugely important to me, and I don't think I could ever give those up and be truly happy. Of the three songs on Electrowoman, Subsume came together the fastest by far, and I think that's partially because it is a pretty raw song. The repeating piano line came to me while I was practicing shortly after I got home, and the song flowed from there in a few days.

A lot of the imagery in the lyrics of Subsume, particularly the painting idea motif, is actually borrowed from different family stories. That's probably about as much as I can say without getting completely blackballed from the next family reunion! But Subsume is a very special song to me because of that connection.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the EP right here!


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