Creative polymath Scarlett Saunders shares ‘Windmill’ – a poetic and sentimental exploration of love through left field pop music

Poignancy simmers beneath ‘Blue Again’, the new EP by Felixstowe artist Scarlett Saunders. On the one hand it’s a pop record – the immediacy of the music makes this much obvious. On the other, it’s something literary and harder to define; a probing exploration of love lost and time passing. It’s a record that is just as much at home in a casual pop lover’s library as it is in the most zealous followers of leftfield music.

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Opener ‘I Should Know’ Scarlett plays her darkest hand. The sultry vocal stylings and direct address to her father are reminiscent of Lykke Li. “Are you stupid enough to touch her with your love?” goes the hook atop warm synths and clean minimal production. In Scarlett’s words it’s about “the initial anger and confusion that my father was going out with someone who was exactly the same age as me and also 19 years old at the time.”

‘Under My Feet’ is the EP’s turning point. It’s a moment of relative respite as the speaker takes stock of her losses and recognising that she’s “made of stone, not built for love”. It’s also a very organic song – comprised of a piano and a steely lead guitar. Both conjure up an ambience of their own.

On ‘Circus’ tugs at every fibre in a heartstring from the moment its deeply hypnotic synths swell in. It’s a song about first love and the sometimes debilitating nostalgia borne on remembrances of formative relationships. Scarlett’s voice is honeyed and bluesy as she juxtaposes imagery of play (carousels and the circus) with a pining for an irretrievable and naive past.

With ‘Windmill’ closing the EP, everything ebbs away leaving us beguiled. The gossamer like sheen on the lead guitar evokes a feeling close to Jeff Buckley as the lilting waltz casts the listener into suspended animation. That Scarlett has loved deeply is obvious from the atmospherics alone. “Running in circles, like a windmill I spin” she sings in her best jazz shoes, reanimating the bones of fallen heroes like Ella Fitzgerald. Ending the EP in a gale of ambient white noise, Scarlett Saunders has conjured a poetic exploration of love that is sure to enrapt a vast and diverse array of music and lyric lovers.

Creative polymath Scarlett Saunders is an old school artist. Kickstarting her days by painting on foraged wood, she then makes her way to acting school for a twelve hour stretch before going home and working late into the night by channelling her remaining creative energy into wonderfully poetic pop music. For Scarlett, all mediums of creativity reflexively bleed into her work. Music is one of several mediums open to her, all of which are tended and watered with equal dedication. Her fixation with art stems not from any ego-flattering preoccupation with being an artiste or celebrity. She entertains no highfalutin dreams of top 40 stardom. Instead it stems from something much purer; a driving need to express herself purely to entertain and enrich her life. Growing up in a house where her mother didn’t believe in TV or games as a form of entertainment, she would sing or read to occupy herself. The result, as manifested in her music, is a close emotional connection to her subject matter. Music and lyricism are as natural to her as eating or breathing. On her debut EP ‘Blue Again’ she goes some way to prove that, producing four graceful and lyrical compositions that explore human relationships and remembrances. With writing as concise and direct as hers, all the world will surely be her stage.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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