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Preview: caroline Releases Isolation Sounds

Clare Martin

In a new signing to Rough Trade Records today, caroline share some songs from their debut 12” single - Dark blue backed with BRJ.

Out of weekly improvisations in 2017, this London-based band has evolved it’s sound into their 2020 debut.  Over a year and a half, individually the band members deconstructed and rebuilt the same handful of songs over and over again.  These songs emerged from that process. With a 12” release date of 24 April 2020 they are now dropping their debut single in the midst of global COVID-19 isolation.  As such it is a snapshot in time of a life into which many of us have been bewilderingly dropped. 

Dark blue offers patterns of reassuring repeated phrases with soft guitars and gentle percussion drive.  Violin voices scurry and worry like rusty wheels on a machine that’s not quite turning while underneath is the heartbeat. A voice calls out “ I want it all… ”, it’s lo-fi quality is just like the relatable recordings made on our phones. Maybe it’s the consumer locked in isolation.

BRJ offers spacious contemplative phrases to open up our isolation into a universal space.  Expect soft spaces and surprising timbres from their debut - Appalachian folk style violin mixed with muted guitars, and minimalist classical phrasing. 

You can pre-order the 12” debut from 24 April here. 


Written By: Clare Martin Clare has performed as an opera, recital and oratorio artist in UK most notably the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, London. In NZ she has performed with NZ Opera and with the NZ Symphony Orchestra but more recently she has moved into a wider range of contemporary genres including jazz and even Leonard Cohen. Since 2008 Clare has been teaching from her own music studio working with professional and beginner singers. In 2017 she was a mentor on TVNZ’s The Naked Choir working with a cappella choirs and she currently coaches barbershop and a woman’s ensemble.