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      March 30, 2018

      Friday   8:00 PM

      506 West Franklin Street
      Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516

      Caroline Rose

      with WASI
      An obsession with money, an unfaithful lover, a friends accidental pregnancy, misogyny,loneliness, death This is just some of the lighthearted subject matter that make up LONERthedarkly comedic second album from songwriter/producer Caroline Rose. Armed with an arsenal ofnew instruments and equipment, an ever-growing sense of ahhh fuck it, two years ofexploration, and a wicked sense of humor, Rose delivers a set of serious songs wrapped in asprightly, angsty pop burrito. Because, as Rose puts it, Sometimes sad songs just need acocktail.LONER captures the cheeky satire, comical musings, and often jarring mood swingssometimesgoofy, sometimes emotionalthat make up much of Roses personality. I call it Schizodrift, shesays sipping on a martini with her pinky out. I want to make music that sounds as manic as Ifeel. Filled with catchy synth hooks, Ray Manzarek-esque Farfisa, surf guitar, depth of thoughtand a punk attitude, LONER captures the energy of bands like Le Tigre and The Cramps, andnods to the styles of Blondie and DEVO, the pop hooks of icons like Justin Timberlake, all thewhile being inspired by the artistry of Kate Bush. Id say this album was as much inspired byJustin Timberlake and Britney Spears as it was late 70s punk. How did she get here? Accordingto Rose, the transition was natural.LONER began about three years ago. I was 24, lonely, and realizing life might actually be as hardas people said it was. Gandalf had yet to raise his staff and part the seas for me, she says with astraight face. I felt a bit disillusioned with my music; it didnt sound like my personality. I hadntdated in years, I was going to lose health care. I felt detached from the modern world. So whatdid she do about it? I joined Tinder. I turned 25 and rented my first real apartment and painted itbright colors. I started socializing more and little by little, weeded out all my clothes that werentred. I embraced my queerdom. I had a girlfriend, we traveled the country, we broke up. Idiscussed politics, capitalism and Rihanna. For better or worse, I became a member of themodern world. Turns out the modern world is terrifying, she says attempting to pluck an olive outof her glass.When it came to writing about all of it, what followed marked the beginning of a fully formedCaroline Rose. I needed to get more personal, more aggressive. more humorous and moresonically diverse than my older material, referring to 2014's slinky indie-folk-rockabilly-tingedalbum I Will Not Be Afraid. The record was penned over four years ago while Rose was living in avan traveling the country, and received critical acclaim from national press outlets like NPR andRolling Stone. LONER, however, marks a significant leap forward both sonically and emotionally,unleashing a burgeoning confidence teeming with character. Asked how shed describe thetransition, Rose responds, It just felt like a bubble inside me that had been growing and wasabout to pop. In a burst of creative energy, she penned and produced a slew of songs thatbegan circulating among labels and press, resulting in a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR Music.Over the next year and a half, Rose got super into production and mixingI was working10-hour days creating new sounds, finessing EQ, blending tones, sampling basically everything.Having an apartment [rather than living in a van] gave me the space to have more instrumentsthan just a guitar. I started collecting synths and recording equipment and tracking my material. Isigned with a label that gave me a lot of creative control and resources. After sessions andmeetings with over a dozen producers, Rose chose to co-produce alongside Paul Butler(Devendra Banhart, Michael Kiwanuka, Hurray For The Riff Raff) at Panoramic Studio in StinsonBeach, California and the studios of Butler and Rose. A multi-instrumentalist and producerherself, Rose brought to the sessions pre-recorded work the two used as a foundation off whichto build, having written and arranged strings, played and recorded keys, guitar and bass, sampledlayers of found and recorded sounds, and programmed synths and drums. The rest was a lot ofexperimentation in the studio, trying out different sounds and getting weird, She adds. Pauladded a lot in that way. Neither of us are afraid to try things and throw a bunch of sounds at thewall.Another thing that drove Rose to pursue production more seriously was the blatant lack of genderdiversity in the music industry. I noticed over the course of all these meetings there was not asingle female or nonbinary producer. Then the more I read up on why, the more I realized thereactually are a lot of us, we just arent taken as seriously and either dont receive or dont demandthe credit that we deserve. In response, Rose stepped up across the board, having a hand inmixing as well as directing creative control over all aesthetics regarding the album. I wanted tomake sure everything was as me as it could possibly be.According to Rose, the visuals and aesthetics of LONER are an important vehicle in bringing outher personality, as well as a lot of the more sarcastic elements within the music. Ive gotten reallyinterested in the visuals over the years, from producing videos and creatively crafting the imagesto how I express myself via what I wear. The video for Money, for example, written anddirected by Rose and Horatio Baltz, depicts Rose playing all of the partsa sort of maniacal,Coen Brothers-meets-David Lynch two-minute story involving three people (perhaps the sameperson?) that leaves viewers askingWhat just happened? Not too different a feeling afterlistening to LONER, in fact. And this, is precisely how Caroline Rose wants you to feel.

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