Cayla Brooke is a rip-roaring solo artist who has defied societal standards with her body-positive sonic revolution since 2013. Based out of Vancouver, Brooke’s music reflects jazzy sophistication with a rock-and-roll attitude. Having celebrated a Christmas album and a critically acclaimed theatrical homage to the late Eva Cassidy, Cayla Brooke is now touring behind her 2017 album, Plush Red Chair.
Cayla Brooke – Plush Red Chair
Brooke embraces a variety of styles with songs like “Fool,” set in a roaring 20’s jazz cabaret club filled with smoke and the whispers of nighttime adultery. A sultry Fleetwood Mac piano part creeps along until the band comes in with a rock steady beat that mirrors its melody. Brooke sings personal lyrics about surviving a foolish relationship, joined by John Lee Sanders in an electric ex-lovers’ duet. “Fool” is a great example of how Brooke mixes jazz with rock, blues, and soul.
“Moment” offers a gentler, more comforting glimpse into Brooke’s artistic vision. A slow and innocent love ballad, “Moment” embodies the feeling of being a new mom with lyrics about self-less devotion and unconditional love. Brooke sounds like an angelic guardian angel singing sweetly, accompanied by a languid piano melody and a deep warm cello counterpart. The piano and cello reappear in an explosive duet just before the bridge, driving home that rushing feeling of love at first sight.
The title track off the album, “Plush Red Chair,” dives into another stylistic, very jazzy realm. Brooke’s vocals are slightly over-pronounced in the style like Ella Fitzgerald used to sing, using material imagery to create metaphors about embracing being different than her surroundings. “Plush Red Chair” puts a refreshing twist on traditional jazz music using technical elements to break the rules of jazz songwriting, all set in a sophisticated cocktail bar.
In her latest album, “Plush Red Chair,” Cayla Brooke uses her musical suave to prove that women can be sexy without being objectified. Cayla Brooke is the empowering light-up sign that every mild person with a dream has been looking for. We want to know what YOU think about the music of Cayla Brooke. Let us know what you think and get in touch on social media! Also, make sure to let Cayla know that you heard her music here first on Indie Music Plus! As always, thank you for reading and continuing to support indie music of all genres from all over the world!