Scarlett Jane

Date Posted: May 8, 2016

Scarlett Jane

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Precisely whenthe moment of realization will occur is anyone’s guess. It might be as Andrea Ramolo and Cindy Doire are stepping up to collect aprestigious award. Maybe they’ll be on a plane zippingtowards their latest European tour. Or maybe it’ll come much, much later, while thepair is gleefully tossing back margaritas and baking their septuagenarian skin on a beach somewhere, recalling their glorious past.One thing’s certain, though. Ramolo andDoire –collectivelyrootsyfolk/popduo Scarlett Jane –will rememberthe release of their poignant and astonishingly assuredself-titled second album as the time when their status as musicians and performers of the highest orderwas cemented. Their2012 debut,Stranger–re-mixed and re-mastered to widespread noticeand radio play in 2014–was stunningly beautiful, leadingto ecstatically received Canadian and European shows. That it built on Ramolo and Doire’s acclaimed and overlapping solo output(an impressive five albums between themto date) gave the pairingeven more propulsion.Their debut earned Scarlett Jane two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for Best Emerging Artist and Best Vocal Group.Their song “Wild Fire” took them to the semi-finals of the prestigious world-wide International Songwriting Competition. Their almost immediate success as a duo came as no surprise to fans that knew them each as individual artists.Occasionally the pair would tour together and it soon became obvious that there was a musical chemistry that needed to be explored.Both women shared a fondness for prose and poetry as well as a mutual love for blues, country, old-school soul and rock ‘n’ roll and became fast friends while embarking on separate solo musical careers.By the time they decided to start collaborating, Andrea had already released two solo albums while Cindy had three –two of which were recorded in French, giving her a following in both French Canada and France.Scarlett Jane, thebrand new album, goes even deeper (and higherand lighter and darker)than their debut, presenting a collection of breathtakingly personalsongs bolstered by amostlyunderstated instrumentalframework designed to showcaseRamolo and Doire’s buttery and mellifluousvoices.IfScarlett Jane’s tightly knitted harmonies don’t flatten you, their lyrical candour –the musicalequivalent ofa slightly tipsy girlfriend laying it on the line–definitely will. “This album is pretty damn honest,”Ramolo confirmswith a laugh. “You really get to know the characterand heart of Scarlett Jane. But this whole project was actually born out of heartbreak.“Scarlett Jane came togetherwhen we both left relationships around 2011. Every time we shared a stage, audiences didn’t understand why we didn’t already exist as a band.The breakups felt like the universe telling us, ‘OK, this is your time to do this.’”Adds Doire: “If we think about these songstoo much it freaks us out because we do reveal a lot of information in our songwriting. Sometimes the songs can certainly pull on our hertstrings and cause one of us to break down on stage. We live real life in front of our fans.”“It’s been dynamic from the beginning,” says Doire. “We know how to push each other to the limit inorder to get the best out of each other.”


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