2018 album. New West. Also available on CD.
Caroline Rose first got our attention in 2014 when she released her excellent debut album, ‘I Will Not Be Afraid’, and played subsequent showcase-stealing sets at the Americana Music Festival. Now, Rose has announced a signing with New West Records and forthcoming sophomore album.
Rose will release ‘Loner’ on February 23. She co-produced the album with Paul Butler at Panoramic Studios in Stinson Beach, California, and played a number of the instruments on the album herself. Where ‘I Will Not Be Afraid’ traded in rockabilly and folk influences, ‘Loner’ finds Rose exploring lo-fi rock and alt-pop synths. An obsession with money, an unfaithful lover, an accidental pregnancy, misogyny, loneliness, death… This is just some of the lighthearted subject matter that make up the darkly comedic second album from songwriter/producer.
Armed with an arsenal of new instruments and equipment, an ever-growing sense of “ahhh f**k it,” two years of exploration, and a wicked sense of humour, Rose delivers a set of serious songs wrapped in a sprightly, angst-fueled pop burrito. The album began about three years ago following the release of Rose’s indie-folk-rockabilly-tinged debut album, ‘I Will Not Be Afraid’, an album penned while living in a van and traveling the country, which garnered praise from the likes of NPR and Rolling Stone. It captures the cheeky satire, comical musings, and often jarring mood swings––sometimes goofy, sometimes emotional––that make up much of Rose’s personality and marks a significant leap forward both sonically and emotionally, unleashing a burgeoning confidence teeming with character. “I needed to get more personal, more aggressive, more humorous and more sonically diverse than my older material,” says Rose. “It just felt like a bubble inside me that had been growing and was about to pop.”
Over the next year and a half, after moving into an apartment, Rose dove deep into production. She started collecting synths and recording equipment and tracking her material, eventually choosing to co-produce alongside Paul Butler at Panoramic Studios in Stinson Beach, California and their respective home studios. Rose brought to the sessions pre-recorded work the two used as a foundation off which to build, having written and arranged strings, played and recorded keys, guitar and bass, sampled layers of found and recorded sounds, and programmed synths and drums. She stepped up across the board, having a hand in mixing as well as directing creative control over all aesthetics regarding ‘Loner’, resulting in an album filled with catchy synth hooks, Ray Manzarek-esque Farfisa, surf guitar, depth of thought and a punk attitude. “I wanted to make sure everything was as me as it could possibly be.”