Single Reviews: Scarlett Randle's ‘Falling’ and ‘Berlin’
This year, Scottish singer songwriter Scarlett Randle released her single ‘Falling’, an experimental electro-pop tune alongside the very different, sultry acoustic sound of her previous single ‘Berlin’.
Moving from Aberdeen in the North East of Scotland to Glasgow in the South West, Scarlett has been building a solid fan base in Scotland and beyond, after coming to prominence in 2017.
Being a singer songwriter, I more or less expected her to have at least one sultry acoustic song on Spotify – and, yes she does have one. Named after the capital of my home country no less...
‘Berlin’ is a beautifully honest and gentle tune, which makes me feel all at once nostalgic, sad, happy and homesick.
Released in 2017, ‘Berlin’ is an airy and accessible acoustic song about inner emotions. The song is a perfect composition of Scarlett’s warm voice alongside a soft beat and gentle guitar riffs. Singing of a change in life and changing emotions towards a person or place (the lyrics can be interpreted either way), ‘Berlin’ is about a topic that most of us can identify with. Scarlett’s honest lyrics and the gentle sound of her music, create a vulnerable tone that is truly touching and can make you cry and smile at the same time.
After listening to ‘Berlin’, I expected Scarlett’s latest single ‘Falling’ to be something similar; a calm and gentle acoustic song. But I was wrong, ‘Falling’ is something quite different...
‘Falling’ is an experimental electro pop tune, which is by all means a danceable tune – although, a melancholic one.
The song starts with swelling synth sounds, which are soon joined by a soft piano tune, followed by gentle guitar riffs and a beat that becomes more and more powerful during the course of the track. Likewise, Scarlett’s vocals develop from a clear and soft voice to distorted and abstract echoes. When the song reaches its peak, the distorted voice breaks and sparks like a firework before her clear voice and a soft piano tune finish the song.
Fans of electronic music will definitely fall for it! But even I, normally a fan of guitar-based music, was totally captivated by this song. ‘Falling’ is an experiment by an artist, who shows the world that she can do more than what people expect her to do. Scarlett Randle’s latest single is loud and quiet, electronic and acoustic, clear and distorted – a song full of opposites, contradictions and surprises – just like the songwriter herself.
Although ‘Falling’ reveals the versatility of this talented young musician, the song might be difficult to access for someone, who prefers gentle acoustic songs. However, the song reveals Scarlett’s true talent as a musician who conveys a good deal of personality in her songs. As a matter of fact, putting her in a box is ultimately impossible and I think that’s what makes her a brilliant artist. Wouldn’t it be too easy and boring, if you always get what you expect?
Scarlett is a truly authentic artist who does not shy away from experimenting with sounds and genres, and gives every song its very own personality. This really makes her one to watch in the coming years.
If you want to listen to Scarlett Randle live, you can go see her in Glasgow playing King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut with her band on the 13th December alongside Onr, L-Space and The Vignettes, as part of the BBC Music introducing showcase.
For more songs by Scarlett Randle and updates regarding live dates, check out her social media.
Photography by Eva Reppe-Roverselli