‘looks like gold, feels like rust’
Fledgling electro R n’ B cum blues pop artist Caitlyn Scarlett has a voice like the burning embers of a mid-winter fire. So, when she sings the ‘giving love daggers’ lyrics of her latest single, ‘Rust’, her deep, penetrative voice is a lot more smouldering fire than bright spark as it bores and burns into the flesh of the betrayal and disillusion at its thematic core.
Recently featured in interview with BBC Introducing, through whom I came across her music, Caitlyn’s music has had exposure to the UK masses getting airplay on the hit radio shows of BBC spinners, Dermot O’Leary & Huw Stephens. As if all of that wasn’t high profile enough, her new song ‘Rust’ has just had a pretty mega watt premiere courtesy of Roisin O’Connor, over at The Independent.
Caitlyn’s life-to-date has been pretty bohemian notwithstanding her tender age: gigging at 15, she moved from the sticks to London at 17, and was releasing music shortly afterwards. Her style mixes vintage with current, blending a confident jazz-soul vocal with electronic and R n’ B beats.
Yet even though her music has a fresh, of the now feel, its roots seem to be firmly planted in the sophisticated jazz-blues style of the 60s and American experi-pop of the mid-90s. Indeed, a retro vocal with a flash of modern tech, seems to be the favoured groove of many of the current crop of female artists including Astrid S and Lianne La Havas.
With its ‘je t’accuse’ content and stark, untinted view of the world of love and romance, ‘Rust’ is the lyrical equivalent of finger nails ripping down a blackboard.
An honest reflection on the bittersweet fallout from the breakup of a serious relationship, the song strips away love’s airy fairy gloss with incisor-sharp, withering put downs, to reveal the disenchantment that stems from broken promises and hearts.
Sung with a vocal confidence that belies Caitlyn’s twenty years, this is a song that despite its lyrical acerbity, is as moreish as a Bailey’s liqueur and twice as potent. Sharp, witty, intelligent lyrics, intuitively sung with a strong vocal offset by a spaciously arranged, and well orchestrated instrumental soundscape, ‘Rust’ is a very worthy and classy production that should set this young artist on the road to well, wherever it is she wants to go.
Looks like the broken heart neither lasted too long nor did too much damage to Ms Scarlett’s prodigious musical talents. Good on ya girl!
To keep up to speed with releases, live dates and other musical antics, you can follow Caitlyn on various social platforms including Facebook and Twitter. Her single ‘Rust’ is available through the usual digital channels including iTunes. Listen to it here,