caroline - caroline
caroline - caroline
caroline - caroline

caroline - caroline

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A quite stunning debut from the experimental eight-piece.

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UK eight-piece caroline’s eponymous debut album often cascades with force like an avalanche, squalling and rumbling on the edge of all-out collapse. At other points they slip back into impossibly fragile moments of quiet – a simple bassline or a rattle of snare the only sound amid a dark sea of silence. caroline know exactly the right balance between restraint and release. These songs are expansive and emotive pieces, their rich palette drawing on a mixture of choral singing, Midwestern emo and O’Malley and Llewellyn’s roots in Appalachian folk.

Dinked Edition Number 160

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+ Bonus 7” - 2 exclusive additional songs *
+ Signed alternative art print *
+ Foil numbered sleeve *
+ Limited pressing of 600 *
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“Sometimes things sound much better when there’s empty space,” says Llewellyn. “Sometimes you might populate [a song] with too many things and forget that an element on its own is enough.” Elsewhere on the record the band have employed a collage-like technique, combining snippets of lo-fi recordings from a myriad of different locations – a barn in France, the members’ bedrooms and living rooms, the atmospheric swimming pool in which they also filmed sublime live sessions for ‘Dark blue’ and ‘Skydiving onto the library roof’ – with more traditional group sessions at the Total Refreshment Centre and their studio in Peckham.

The growth that began as a scrappy guitar band above a pub many years ago is still continuing. caroline’s astounding debut album is merely the first step.

Tracklisting

1. Dark blue
2. Good morning (red)
3. desperately
4. IWR
5. messen #7
6. Engine (eavesdropping)
7. hurtle
8. Skydiving onto the library roof
9. zilch
10. Natural death

Artist: caroline
Label: Rough Trade
Catalogue: RT0150CD
Barcode: 191402015027
Format: LP or CD
Release Date: 25th February 2022
                           
"Throughout the fluctuating length of the track list, the band experiment with what they call “extreme closeness”, recording guitars as quietly as possible next to microphones with the gain jacked up to maximum. The effect brings caroline into full swing, lodged somewhere between muteness and magnitude."
8/10
 
         

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