caroline - caroline //Rough Trade Recs// (Released 25th February)


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£ 23.99 – Dinked Edition #160

  • Transparent LP *
  • Bonus 7” – 2 exclusive additional songs *
  • Signed alternative art print *
  • Foil numbered sleeve *
  • Limited pressing of 600 * 

* Dinked Edition EXCLUSIVE

£20.99 – Black LP

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. 


Side ADark blue

Good morning (red)



messen #7

Side BEngine (eavesdropping)


Skydiving onto the library roof


Natural death

7” TracklistingSide A – good morning (red) demo

Side B – Dirty Triple (3) #2

Additional information


Black LP, Dinked Edition #160