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Ethel Cain, born Hayden Silas Anhedönia, is an American singer-songwriter known for her ambient, alternative rock and folk music that touches on Christianity, American nationalism and nostalgic Southern Gothic themes. She first found a following on SoundCloud and Tumblr under the moniker White Silas. Cain began to be discussed in popular culture in 2022, with particular interest being drawn to her song "American Teenager" after it was listed in Barack Obama's favorite songs from 2022.


Cain was raised in a Southern Baptist family in Florida and was heavily involved in the church choir from a young age. She left the church at the age of 16 and went on to release music under the moniker White Silas and Atlas. She released her debut single as Ehtel Cain, titled "Bruises" and her Golden Age EP in 2019.[1]

Bruises Ethel Cain

Cain was signed to Prescription Records in 2020 and released her first EP with the label in 2021, titled, Inbred. The song "Michelle Pfeiffer" from the album was featured on Pitchfork, Billboard, Nylon and the Fader to generally favorable reviews.[2] The song has gathered over 160,000 views on YouTube[3] in two years (seen below).

Online History

Ethel Cain began to be discussed prominently on social media in 2022, with the Instagram[4] page @shawtydisorder posting a text post on April 7th, 2022, citing Cain and gathering over 1,000 likes in roughly one year (seen below, left). On April 17th, the Instagram[5] page @contentsewer3 posted a Gay Son Or Thot Daughter meme comparing Semetary and Cain (seen below, right).

Had a little daydream about Robert Pattinson we were looking at dying hydrangeas and he was cuddling me from behind and telling me I was so beautiful and I told him to stop and he kept going and started teasing me in a romantic way and then I said stop or I'm actually going to fall in love with you and he said that he wants me to and then he kissed me and we kissed for ages and suddenly ethel cain started playing and we looked at the flowers again and he put some in my hair SEMATARY SON OR OR ETHEL CAIN DAUGHTER

On June 11th, 2022, Twitter[6] user @sadgayboi posted an American Girl Doll meme referencing Ethel Cain and gathering over 33,000 likes in roughly eight months (seen below, left). On August 30th, the Instagram[7] page @katebush.420 posted a meme about Cain, gathering over 1,000 likes in seven months (seen below, right).

sadgayboi @sadgayboi ethel cain Translate Tweet we need an american girl doll who survives the rapture 4:12 PM. Jun 11, 2022 from Napa, CA 2,810 Retweets 49 Quote Tweets 33.3K Likes CITY GIRLS BE LIKE. "WE TOOK THE WRONG ROAD !" RNPG Ethel Cain BE LIKE "SLIDE OVER, LET ME DRIVE !" @katebush.420

Obama's Favourite Music of 2022

On December 23rd, 2022, former U.S. President Barack Obama[8] posted his annual end-of-year music list, with Ethel Cain's song "American Teenager" being part of the list. His post gathered over 140,000 likes in three months (seen below, left). Ethel Cain tweeted[9] about the event on December 23rd as well, saying "did not have a former president including my anti-war, anti-patriotism fake pop song on his year end list on my 2022 bingo," gathering over 110,000 likes in a similar timeframe (seen below, right).

Barack Obama @BarackObama I always enjoy sharing my end of year music playlist with all of you and this year we heard a lot of great songs. Here are some of my favorites. Are there any songs or artists I should check out? ALT BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE MUSIC OF 2022 THE HEART PART 5 Kendrick Lamar TITÍ ME PREGUNTÓ Bad Bunny POF Ari Lennox SOMETHING IN THE ORANGE Zach Bryan LAST LAST Burna Boy AMERICAN TEENAGER Ethel Cain COMMUNION IN MY CUP Tank and The Bangas ft. The Ton3s PULL UP Koffee SAOKO Rosalía RUSH Ayra Starr BREAK MY SOUL Beyoncé LIFE IS GOOD SiR ft. Scribz Riley THAT'S WHERE I AM Maggie Rogers DODININ Leyla McCalla SUNSHINE Steve Lacy ft. Fousheé CALM DOWN Rema PROBLEM WITH IT Plains 6:30 PM Dec 23, 2022 35.8M Views FEELINGS 4 YOU Xavier Omär BELIZE Danger Mouse & Black Thought ft. MF DOOM TAMAGOTCHI Omar Apollo HOME MAKER Sudan Archives WHERE I GO NxWorries (Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge) ft. H.E.R. SHIRT SZA ABOUT DAMN TIME Lizzo 'ROUND MIDNIGHT Adam Blackstone & Jazmine Sullivan ethel cain @mothercain did not have a former president including my anti-war, anti- patriotism fake pop song on his year end list on my 2022 bingo 7:08 PM Dec 23, 2022 6M Views ● 6,734 Retweets 699 Quote Tweets ... 110.4K Likes

Other internet users reacted to the irony of Obama appreciating Cain's music, with Twitter[10] user @LucasPJohn posting a meme On December 24th, 2022, that gathered over 17,000 likes in roughly two months (seen below).

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External References

[1] Wikipedia – Ethel Cain

[2] Wikipedia – Inbred

[3] YouTube – Ethel Cain – Michelle Pfeiffer feat. lil aaron

[4]  Instagram – shawtydisorder

[5] Instagram – contentsewer3

[6] Twitter – sadgayboi

[7] Instagram – katebush.420

[8] Twitter – BarackObama

[9] Twitter – mothercain

[10] Twitter – LucasPJohn

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