Emergency Tiara

REVIEW: ‘Unsophisticated Circus’ – Emergency Tiara

Emergency Tiara – “Unsophisticated Circus”

by Christopher Smith

Have you ever heard of Emergency Tiara? I hadn’t until last night when they filled the position of ‘warm up act’ for Belinda Carlisle on her latest tour, celebrating the 30th anniversary of her “Runaway Horses” album. Wearing bright green wigs and dresses reminiscent of a Mary Quant number c.1965, they made quite a entrance and impression. If you’re a lover of 60’s pop given a 21st century twist, then you need to hear Emergency Tiara’s debut album “Unsophisticated Circus”, that’s just been released and currently being heard in concert halls all across the United Kingdom and beyond.

Emergency Tiara is Tokyo born, New York based fashion pop artist Juri Jinnai. Emergency Tiara is classically trained. Emergency Tiara is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. Emergency Tiara is J-Pop meets Nancy Sinatra meets Gwen Stefani meets The Ronettes! Emergency Tiara is “an entire kingdom”! Together with her backing singers/dancers, Juri made her debut with the EP “Until The Stroke Of Midnight” in 2014, but it wasn’t until 2017 that the sound and style of Emergency Tiara began to take shape with the single “When I Grow Up” and the many that have followed since, prior to the release of “Unsophisticated Circus”.

“2 Kool 4 Skool” was the lead single from the album (there’s no “Lighthouse” or 2018’s “Karaoke Party” here) an infectious J-Pop number that could almost of been lifted from the ‘Dirty Dancing’ soundtrack. The album kicks off, appropriately, with “Good Life”, where we are greeted with “Sit back, enjoy the ride, welcome to the good life”. “Jetsetter”, had it of been performed by Kylie, is the twin sister of “Light Years” (2000). Taking off on Tiara Air, with official announcements, Emergency Tiara takes off from New York and visits destinations around the world “living out of a suitcase”. The aforementioned “2 Kool 4 Skool” follows before the racy, atmospheric number “Do Not Disturb” breezes in with great guitar and drum accompaniment.

The rest of “Unsophisticated Circus” is a mix of the beautiful (“Purple”), the jazzy (“I’m Alive”), the mellow (“Don’t Believe”) and the strange (“Chameleon”)! If you like eccentric pop, then look no further. The album is well crafted, thought out, planned and presented, something different, something very different. “Unsophisticated Circus” doesn’t take itself seriously, yet at the same time, this is serious chic-pop, stylised, deliberate and oh so fruity. With many thousands of followers on social media already and touring with the irresistible Belinda Carlisle, coupled with the on-going obsession with everything 60’s, fashion and rhythms, AND the rising and global interest in Far East pop, Emergency Tiara should find “Unsophisticated Circus” will play well to a large audience. Take your seat and enjoy the ride!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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