caroline announce debut album ‘caroline’ and share ‘IWR’ single
November 9, 2021
London-based eight piece caroline are excited to announce that their eponymous debut album, mixed by John ‘Spud’ Murphy (black midi, Lankum), will be released on Feb 25th 2022 (pre-order / pre-save now). Hear ‘IWR’ a new track taken from the forthcoming album and check out its self-directed video now. ‘caroline’ will be available on LP / CD / Digital, including a Dinked Limited Edition LP of 600 numbered copies available through UK independent record shops on transparent vinyl with a bonus 7” featuring exclusive audio and a signed print of alternate artwork. We also have a very limited Japanese Import Edition on transparent red vinyl featuring a bonus 12″ poster, available from the Rough Trade Webstore.
caroline began in early 2017, evolving out of weekly improvisation sessions. Band members brought together their shared influences, including Midwestern emo, Appalachian folk, minimalist classical and various forms of electronic music, slowly expanding their ranks as the songs developed. Rough Trade released their debut single “Dark blue” in March 2020, a second single ‘Skydiving onto the library roof’ followed in May 2021.
On ‘caroline’, songs can cascade like an avalanche with the full force of all those instruments, squalling and rumbling on the edge of all-out collapse. At other times 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. “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.”
Having recently completed their first UK tour, caroline will play a long duration improvisational performance at the Purcell Sessions at London’s South Bank on January 15th and Rough Trade East on 25th February, 2022.
Full Album Track Listing:
2.Good morning (red)
8.Skydiving onto the library roof
Forthcoming Live Shows
16/11/21 – London, Earth (Supporting The Microphones) – SOLD OUT
15/01/22 – Southbank Purcell Session, London
25/02/22 – Rough Trade East, London