Today’s Song: Sparks Fly in Ethel’s Ethereal, Enchanting “Pixie Dust”

Ethel © Victor Jacques Sebb
Ethel © Victor Jacques Sebb
An intimate and ethereal alt-pop enchantment, Parisian singer/songwriter Ethel’s “Pixie Dust” is a gentle, beautifully immersive reminder that deep down, we really are all the same.
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When you light up in the dark, it gives me such a rush. Are we made of the same pixie dust?

It’s always worth keeping in mind that, human to human, our similarities far outweigh our differences.

In fact, based on DNA alone, we’re 99.9% the same – and it’s a microscopic 0.1% differential that accounts for the wondrous, beautiful array of people in this world. So the next time you’re feeling insecure around someone else, whether they’re family, friend, or stranger, remember that we’re all made of the same pixie dust – and if genetics isn’t enough to convince you, then take heed of Ethel’s captivating new song. An intimate and ethereal alt-pop enchantment, “Pixie Dust” is a gentle, beautifully immersive reminder that deep down, we really are all the same. Don’t let surface-level changes get in the way of real connection.

Pixie Dust - Ethel
Pixie Dust – Ethel
I should take off my make up
I can’t lie, I’m quite self conscious
Should we pretend
or fake emotions?
Can you tell if I’m content?
Is there a thing that I said
that made you close
The door on me
Scattered flaws on the road
don’t have to make you go

Released November 8, 2023 via +1 Records, “Pixie Dust” is a stunning introduction to an artist full of passion and promise. The fourth career single from Parisian singer/songwriter Ethel (and her first song of the year) sees the emerging singer/songwriter – née Ethel Nass – dwelling in the raw depths of human connection as she reflects on what it means to exist and to coexist.

Who we are to ourselves and who we are in the presence of others shouldn’t be so dissimilar – at the very least, we shouldn’t be less than our base selves when there’s company – it’s okay to be ‘built up,’ but why should another’s presence ever bring us down?

Basking in a euphoric sonic haze (courtesy of producer and collaborator Banshee),  Ethel ponders the magical, mysterious forces that tie us all together:

‘Cause when you light up in the dark
It gives me such a rush,
Are we made of the same
Pixie dust?
‘Cause when you light up in the dark
It gives me such a rush,
Are we made of the same
Pixie dust?



“‘Pixie Dust’ is actually the first song I wrote in 2023,” Ethel tells Atwood Magazine. “I had just gotten back from a short trip to Lisbon with some of my friends from university to celebrate new years – a lot of them I hadn’t seen since COVID. So it was like jumping back to my ‘old’ life a bit, which gave me a breathe of inspiration. So around the day after I got back, I went to the studio and remembered this uplifting conversation I had with one of my friends – admitting we were somehow intimidated by one another yet realizing our friendship was never rooted in jealousy but admiration. She said “you and I are made of the same stardust,” which moved me greatly.”

“This was one of the songs that came out really easily, where the writing process is super quick and comfortable, which is really rare for me, but you’ve got to catch it when it happens! Banshee played me this loop, and all the melodies and lyrics unfolded!”

The first fight causes the next one
By tomorrow we’ll forget
Remains hide somewhere in our brain
To run in circles again
Is there a thing that I said
that made you close
The door on me
Scattered flaws
On the road
don’t have to make you go
Ethel © Victor Jacques Sebb
Ethel © Victor Jacques Sebb



For Ethel, “Pixie Dust” represents the realization that self-comparison leads to nowhere. “Sometimes what hides in feelings of insecurity towards another person is actually elevation and admiration,” she smiles. “Remember, we are bound by some kind of stardust.”

This heartfelt, tender message is echoed throughout a soulfully smoldering song that hits softly and sweetly, inviting us to join in on Ethel’s radiant reverie.

“Pixie Dust” is also the lead single off Ethel’s forthcoming debut EP, set for release in early 2024.

“I would say [‘Pixie Dust’] is the most uplifting song of the EP with the lightest and positive message,” she says. “It is reflective in the sense that there are always similar elements in terms of production: airy vocals, electronic synths, acoustic guitars – but I would say it’s more literal and less melancholic than what’s coming next!”

“[People] should expect me to showcase more versatility, melancholy and intimacy with this EP release,” she adds. “They should also expect quite a hybrid and hopefully mysterious project – I think it is really cool to live in an era where we have access to such variety of music, films, and content that we’re able to make collages with anything… So they should expect me to not stick to one genre and rather, assemble fragments of things I love, have experienced, or grew up with.”

Needless to say, next year is already looking extra bright with this debut release looming on the horizon. If 2022 was the year of Ethel Cain, perhaps 2024 will be the year of Ethel Nass. Get lost in the beauty and wonder of our shared “Pixie Dust,” and stay tuned for much more to come from Paris’ Ethel!

Cause when you light up in the dark
It gives me such a rush,
Are we made of the same
Pixie dust

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