Caroline Ty | The Monkey and the Smoke EP

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The Monkey and the Smoke EP

by Caroline Ty

Alternative pop-jazz with a bluesy melodrama, a songwriting fusion of electronic and organic. A musical cocktail of fat funky beats, sweeping strings, electronica and expressive, confessional lyrics.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Buzz of Your Heartbeat
4:33 $0.99
2. The Fall
4:14 $0.99
3. Brighter Day
3:34 $0.99
4. Black Dog Blues
3:12 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Bertrand the monkey persuades Raton the cat to pull chestnuts from the embers amongst which they are roasting, promising him a share. As the cat scoops them from the fire one by one, burning his paw in the process, the monkey gobbles them up. They are disturbed by a maid entering the room and the cat gets nothing.

The EP’s title is an allusion to the La Fontaine's fable, "The Monkey and the Cat", where the cat gets nothing for its pains when helping the monkey. The moral tale highlights those careless of the suffering of others in fulfilling their ambition, and how people use one another. Those who are now being trampled in tight economic times and also to those who trample on your heart when love becomes scarce.

Kent based songwriter Caroline Ty releases her latest EP in her distinctive Nu-jazz Alternative fusion. Available as a digital download, the fifth self-penned, produced and recorded EP dissects human relationships and complications.

This meltdown is reflected in ‘The Fall’ about the optimistic imperial days of the beginning of a relationship, and how not nurturing it caused its demise.

In ‘Brighter Day’ you are down but not out, with life’s struggles played out in a literal boxing ring, and fights are won with manipulation, rather than just with fists.

‘The Buzz of your Heartbeat’ warns the offending party in a breakup that they will be no better off setting out on their own, the freedom they seek, like the chestnuts in the fire is only a promised illusion.

Closer track ‘Black Dog’ buzzes with bumble-bee trumpets in a Nu-Jazz off-centred plea. The protagonist pleads for the mythical creature not to come back to trigger trouble.



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