Having released her debut EP Jurassic Jukebox & Other Drugs earlier in the year, 19 year old Caitlyn Scarlett has been receiving a lot of positive attention and if you’ve heard it, it is easy to see why.
Scarlett’s voice has hugely folky tones to it but the music featured on her EP is a far more modern take on the old folk formula, with several tracks featuring numerous electronic instruments, combining Scarlett’s folky vocal flair with modernistic sounds usually found in Dubstep. ‘Sunset Cigarette’ is far from electronic with Scarlett accompanied solely by an acoustic guitar in a hugely contrasting sound to the rest of her EP.
Although ‘Sunset Cigarette’ is the only acoustic track we have seen from Scarlett, it showcases her heartfelt and soulful vocals superbly, possibly more so than the more upbeat tempo tracks on the EP. With the visuals filmed in LA, Scarlett said,
“I wanted the video to have a vintage sort of class about it so filming around Hollywood and Downtown with all the palm trees and old hotels seemed perfect.”
Talking to The 405 about the meaning of ‘Sunset Cigarette’, Scarlett explained,
“Sunset Cigarette is written about a girl, which is something that people are often surprised to find out. The whole ‘sunset cigarette’ metaphor grew from that, and the fact that she was attractive and addictive but not infinite. She glowed but faded and disappeared much like sunsets and cigarettes do, and even though I was enticed by her, our relationship was unhealthy.”
Closely affiliated with Space Age Crew, which includes other well-known members such as twice MOBO nominated Little Simz and songstress Miraa May, Scarlett is part of a new teen movement of extreme musical talent and you can expect to see a lot more to come from her through 2015 and beyond.
Let us know your thoughts on the track and the visuals via @Gigslutz_ and on Facebook. If you like what you hear, check out our stream of the Jurassic Jukebox & Other Drugs EP in full below.