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Caro Emerald – Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor

Caro Emerald, Songs From The Cutting Room Floor

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 5 out of 5

ONCE heard, Caro Emerald is impossible to ignore. A smart, infectious singer of immense talent, her debut album Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor is one of the year’s very best.

Inspired by her love of ‘40s and ‘50s film, and boasting production values that would make Mark Ronson envious, it’s a rich and deeply appealing listen that defies easy pigeon-holing. But that’s just the way Caro likes it!

And yet despite having gone triple platinum in her native Holland, Caro’s success came almost by accident.

Her breakthrough single Back It Up was all about word-of-mouth, after she gave an impromptu performance of the track on a local TV station in Holland, which sent her star into orbit.

A cheaply shot video followed, which became a YouTube phenomenon, and an album deal was quickly reached. Suddenly, Caro had gone from virtual unknown to one of the hottest new talents in Holland.

The world now beckons… and it’s hard to see how her infectious song-writing can fail.

Back It Up lays the template in addictive fashion, setting her smouldering vocals over a classic Americano sound with an added contemporary sheen. It’s a fun floor-filler that should appeal to fans of the likes of Lily Allen, Mark Ronson and Bonobo (a broad cross-section then).

But it’s far from being a one-hit wonder, with Caro using that ‘40s and ‘50s sound to inform a whole album full of classic cuts.

Opening cut That Man combines elements of dap and swing with a funky horn-led shuffle and some more lush vocals. It’ll immediately get those toes tapping, but is lyrically compelling too.

Just One Dance is a record of pure dance seduction, an invitation to let yourself go, that harks back to a more polite, carefree time. Caro’s vocals leave you swooning, especially when she purrs: “Don’t you want to spend about an hour with me?”

The cinematic sweep of Elmer Bernstein then combines with a Mark Ronson shuffle on Riviera Life, a summer anthem if ever there was one; The Other Woman is a slinky, Latina flavoured ode to infidelity; and Absolutely Me lays down the sort of funk that would get James Brown into a sweat with some help from Glenn Miller!

But Caro doesn’t out a foot wrong throughout this cracking album. You Don’t Love Me offers another infectious, sax-filled romp, in which Caro defiantly asks: “Am I just a night of lust, a lost temptation?”

Dr Wanna Do, meanwhile, has an upbeat shuffle that’s reminiscent of The Muppet Show colliding with doo-wap crooning. It’ll send you into giddy oblivion.

Further mentions must go to I Know That He’s Mine, another seamless fusion of classic beats and jazz that finds Caro at her sultriest, and the piano-led, waltzing A Night Like This, which really epitomises the fun spirit of the album and it’s cinematic leanings.

Final track The Lipstick On His Collar, meanwhile, is a final shot of supreme quality that, if anything, finds Caro channelling the retro energy of acts like Duffy and Amy Winehouse in even higher quality.

Trust us, once you’ve picked up this album, you won’t want to put it down. It’s a ferociously satisfying debut from a brilliant new talent.

Download picks: Riviera Life, The Lipstick On His Collar, Back It Up, A Night Like This, The Other Woman, Dr Wanna Do, You Don’t Love Me, I Know That He’s Mine, That Man

Track listing:

  1. That Man
  2. Just One Dance
  3. Riviera Life
  4. Back It Up
  5. The Other Woman
  6. Absolutely Me
  7. You Don’t Love Me
  8. Dr Wanna Do
  9. Stuck
  10. I Know That He’s Mine
  11. A Night Like This
  12. The Lipstick On His Collar