caroline

caroline - caroline
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2022 Ratings: #218 / 330
User Score
Based on 310 ratings
2022 Ratings: #131
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
God Is in the TV
Imagine the energy of early (i.e. British) Sea Power, but contained and exercised with spiritual precision.
88
Northern Transmissions
It is an unorthodox album but one that is quintessentially moving, with its authenticity and honesty.
81
Beats Per Minute
This band are making aural marvels that are sporadic, reactive, and organic — disguised inexactness that will have listeners frozen in an undeveloped state, merely connecting on an emotional level that can hardly be rationalized.
80
Uncut
Caroline's debut represents a reinvention that's as stylishly coherent as it is surprising.
80
Loud and Quiet
caroline’s music is as comforting as it is unsettling.
80
NME
caroline’s masterpiece might be yet to come, but this formative debut album opens up a world of possibilities.
80
musicOMH
It’s this ability to seamlessly blend opposing sounds and balance beauty with tension that makes for such an intriguing album, and very much confirms the old adage that good things are worth waiting for.
80
Pitchfork
Five years in the making, the UK band’s debut accomplishes something nearly impossible for a largely instrumental post-rock album: to project urgency and timelessness simultaneously.
70
Clash
It encourages stillness and contemplation, rewarding deep listening with rhythmic undercurrents that lure you into a meditative state.
60
Mojo
Though the percussive, struck guitar strings interlude Zilch is perhaps an inquiry too far, caroline’s flare for conjuring the liminal space between sleep and wakefulness frequently enchants.
60
Record Collector

Space and stealth are keynotes for this London-based eight-piece, who bring to mind a reflective twist on the experimental avenues explored by Black Midi or Black Country, New Road.

60
The Sydney Morning Herald
With a wide range of instruments including trumpet, flute, clarinet, saxophone and cello, and a fondness for choral arrangements and Appalachian folk, the sheer scope of it all can feel a little overwhelming.
50
Under The Radar

In their effort to defy categorization by creating sonic pastiches from fragments of widely varying genres, along with their aversion to capitalization, they too often stray from creating compelling processed sound portraits such as “Dark blue” and instead end up with bristly and frazzled sketches, rendering the album as an auditory adventure will neither wow the listener nor will it disappoint.

Doublez
83

Caroline's first album is a breath of pure oxygen, approaching a music as instinctive as refined. With this performance, the London band asserts their promise and catches the light for a potential golden future.

Caroline is like a good gastronomic feast accompanied by a glass of wine, when the pleasure increases ten-fold on your taste buds and happiness invades your body. You let yourself be transported without restraint, light as a feather, no longer trying to know where you are lost. ... read more

daltdisney
60

If you’re someone who likes to fuck around with effects or is into noisy, experimental folk and ambient dirges, you’ll probably get a lot out of this project. Now I dabble in those things, so I can definitely see the appeal of caroline’s eponymous debut, but I don’t know if I’m crazy about the group’s sound myself. I find it much more fascinating—like something to study or ponder—than I find it entertaining. That’s not to say this ... read more

Louis13
73

The instrumental crescendo on opener and lead single 'Dark Blue' is a fittingly stunning way to start this lush post-rock/avant-folk project. The singles retain their undeniable, authentic quality in the context of the album but the thing holding this album (and band I suppose) back is the vocals that sound underwhelming to me in comparison to the raw-sounding instrumentals.

Favourite Tracks: Dark Blue*, Good Morning (Red), IWR

pinkspace
80

This is an album a specific kind of person will like. If you're already familiar with the slow-moving, sometimes barren structure of post-rock this album will appeal to you. However, if someone is not, or doesn't like that kind of music, this album won't appeal to them. For me, however, the instrumentals are incredibly soothing and the vocals provide some great texture. Being used sparingly, when they come in they add a great layer to the songs, and when they are gone the instrumentals feel ... read more

alliison_
88

caroline by caroline

Caroline is an 8-piece Post-Rock group hailing from the U.K (Wow, that sounds very familiar). But, they seem to diversify themselves from the majority of the British Post-Rock Revival (Which fun fact: I've heard it been dubbed "Brexitcore" which I find really funny).

Caroline is a minimalist and folky band, reminding me of a more stripped down BCNR; but they still manage to make complex soundscapes with their minimalism. The music is usually very ambient, only ... read more

verniers
87

i think this album is getting a bit too much dislike from a lot of reviewers on this site, there's a lot to love here and despite various flaws it is meaningful, thoughtful, and moving for me

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Track List

1Dark Blue
6:36
85
2Good morning (red)
5:47
83
3desperately
1:13
72
4IWR
6:29
82
5messen #7
1:39
74
6Engine (eavesdropping)
5:41
78
7hurtle
0:50
72
8Skydiving onto the library roof
7:41
81
9zilch
2:08
67
10Natural death
8:40
82
Total Length: 46 minutes
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Added on: November 9, 2021