Caitlyn Scarlett is set to take over 2018. Last year saw Scarlett release a string of successful singles that culminated in her acclaimed EP ‘Red Tape, Vol. 1‘. The record included stand-out tracks Shangri-La, Heart For Rent and Human, Being. More recently Scarlett release ‘Happy When’, it received the Miko Waye remix treatment which currently sits on 250,000 Spotify streams.
The London-based songstress is following up an incredibly successful 2017 with her new single ‘Ornaments’. The track, produced by Raf Riley, sees Scarlett displaying her unique songwriting style; ethereal, winding melodies are paired with enchantingly descriptive lyrics. If you listen carefully there are elements of Fleetwood Mac and Joni Mitchell to be picked up, clothed in a contemporary pop arrangement and sumptuous alt-R&B production. Flashing, fizzing trilled hats meet pounding subs and brass-like synths. You’ll see this one popping up in all your favourite playlists.
Caitlyn details the track: “Ornaments is about my anxiety and rocky history surrounding relationships and navigating modern society, “People are like ornaments in shops I can’t afford” expresses difficulties I’ve faced with approaching, trusting and understanding others. Produced by Raf Riley who is one of my favourite people to write with, I feel like this song shows a lot of the real me, like reading out my diary. A vulnerable banger…”
She goes on to add: “I thought the video for Ornaments should be simple but striking, with undertones of isolation. I also wanted to shoot on real film because I love instant nostalgia and hazy romantic visuals, so we used 35mm and had colour themes for each location which we coordinated the styling with. From my own experiences with social anxiety I think that one common symptom of a deep underlying need for human connection, is to constantly reject others and pull away from society, as a self defence. I wanted the video to carry that theme metaphorically whilst also being aesthetically pleasing to watch reinterpret as desired.”