Caro Emerald


Whatever happened to swing anyway? Hell, whatever happened to cool? The kind of cool that has to be written in italics. You know what I’m talking about, the kind of cool that dresses nice and looks good  because that’s what it does to distinguish itself from the riff-raff. The kind of cool that draws comparisons to a good liquor, because what else could you possibly want to compare it to? The kind of cool that you carry.  I mean, Fitzgerald had it.  Miles had it. Sinatra owned it. So where’d it go?

I can’t really be sure, but it would seem that Caro Emerald has stumbled across its secret hiding place. Maybe it was on nice Riveria in her homecity, Amsterdam, living like  the expatriates of old. I like to think it invited her in for a drink, a fine old drink and seduced her with its smooth, cool ways and from that day, she  and cool were always connected. Cool got a new fling and like the bombshells of old, she made cool cool again.

She took its ways and dressed them up in the modern flair, allowing a stomping beat to lie behind his squirreling horns. She brought a DJ to scratch things up just enough. Make no mistake, this isn’t the mid-life crisis of cool; there are no Abercrombie t-shirts with abrasive logos, no flashy sports cars with more flair than kick. Caro Emerald knows where to spice things up and what not to touch.

(Caro Emerald’s latest album, Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor, came out last year on the Dutch label Grandmono Records.)

Caro Emerald – That Man {download} (rightclick>saveas…)

Caro Emerald – Riviera Life {download} (rightclick>saveas..)

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