Posted: December 23, 2021 in MUSIC
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London-based eight-piece Caroline have announced that their self-titled debut album will be out on February 25th via Rough Trade Records. Along with the announcement comes the release of single “IWR.”

The band was born in 2017 out of weekly improvisation sessions with band members bringing their shared influences to the table, including Midwestern emo, Appalachian folk, minimalist classical, and various forms of electronic music. It all merged together into something special and unique, as seen on “IWR.”

The 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.

“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.

Think the experimental 90s folk of Alex G with some of those gorgeous moments of acts like Fleet Foxes, with the post-punk atmosphere of Black Country, New Road.

Debut album ‘caroline’ will be released on 25th February.

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