Caddy Cooper has spent the last few years tirelessly working to carve herself a niche on the music circuit and listening to this musical offering it’s needless to say that it paid off. Snapshot is her eagerly anticipated debut album; the culmination of years of work on the acoustic, blues and country scene.
Kicking things off with the gentle but uplifting Deep and Slow, it becomes quickly apparent that Snapshot is an eclectic album. While Caddy carries with her an intrinsically bluesy sound that winds its way into every song, the album itself is a variety show of her talent. Some of the songs such as Millionaire Shuffle are more on the side of country with their distinctive Americana lilt; But there is always an alternative as the album works through a combination of beautiful acoustic numbers such as Impossibly True and her marvellous trademark blues-infused numbers like Scooter Blues and the powerful Red Blooded Man.
The most amazing thing about Caddy’s music is the warmth that she is able to carry in every one of her songs. It could be the infectiously charming lilt of her soft Australian accent or it could be the combination of the jovial sound of her Little Martin guitar and ukulele that lends the songs an affable and uplifting tone to them that is capable of warming you through to your core. It’s the musical equivalent of a bowl of hot soup on a winters afternoon; a tonic for the winter blues.
Alongside Caddy and her already incredible music are a host of talented musicians to offer their assistance as Snapshot is peppered with a collection of stunning blues guitar, harmonicas, fiddles, cellos and even a couple of cases of a washboard. It’s the sort of country-blues collection that sounds as though it was designed to be heard from an ancient crackling LP from an old turntable. The main difference however is the crystal clear quality of the sound, lacking the gentle pops and crackling synonymous with vinyl. Without these little hisses it can be almost impossible to replicate an Americana vinyl sound yet somehow Caddy manages it flawlessly which brings with it a comforting and familiar feeling.
Topping off the music is of course Caddy herself with her stunning and versatile vocals. One moment her voice is capable of carrying a sweet and soulful tale, the likes of Pale Blue Promise; the next moment however her voice has tiny hidden barbs in it for songs like Whole Lotta $$, more of an anti-love song not too dissimilar from the vein of One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show. Both vocally and musically she is constantly adapting her style to suit her broad choice of songs and constantly blurring the lines of genres as they fuses together at her behest.
Part of what makes Snapshot so special is that the whole CD is carefully crafted to not just physically look like a scrapbook (the album artwork is beautifully designed); but to audibly read as one too. Each song on the album is a quick tale – a tiny fragment from another life, like peering in a strangers window as you walk past. Be it a story of love, loss, future or past every song reads like a scrapbook or diary entry allowing you to feel involved in Caddy’s life. It’s a beautiful form of rhetoric that allows Snapshot to feel as comfortable as an old pair of shoes.
Snapshot is a tiny scrapbook of life, not only in its wonderfully designed case but in its life-lived content; songs from the heart that could as easily be Polaroid pictures stapled to a faded page. It’s uplifting and warming throughout with Caddy’s distinctive style forever bleeding into your heart.
Review by Joe Knipe