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Caroline Rose offers a Track by Track breakdown of her new album, LONER: Stream

Track by Track is a recurring new music feature in which an artist takes us through each song on their latest album.

It’s refreshing to see an album so completely indistinguishable from the artist who created it that their personality is right there on the cover. LONER, the sophomore effort of singer-songwriter Caroline Rose, is truly an expression of both passion and personality, with Rose  writing and arranging every song on the record as well as standing front and center on both its artwork and in its music videos. To just look at the cover image — Rose, glazed over in fitness gear, lighting a pack’s worth of cigarettes — is to grasp the album’s blend of humor, yearning, and sarcasm. In an era of endless, ear-numbing streams, LONER grabs your chin and commands your eyes.

Alongside producer Paul Butler, Rose oscillated between keys, guitar, and bass while also programming the synths and drums and taking on mixing duties. The result is a bold, kaleidoscopic collection that propels Rose far beyond the fetching rockabilly of her debut, 2014’s I Will Not Be Afraid. LONER dabbles in a bit of everything: A rubbery bass line pulses beneath tactile, cabasa-like twists amidst the self-aware sleaze of “Soul No. 5”, plucking violin strings form a sturdy spine for the single’s lament that is “Getting To Me”, and pop-inspired synths snake their way through nearly every corner of the record. “I’d say this album was as much inspired by Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears as it was late-’70s punk,” Rose says in a press release.

LONER is out today, and you can stream the whole thing below via Spotify and/or Apple Music.

To give further insight about LONER, Rose takes us through the LP Track by Track, sharing which song’s her favorite, which one was written entirely on an OP-1, and which one reminds her of “Mambo No. 5” (spoiler: It’s “Soul No. 5”).

“More Of The Same”:
I often think about things like faith and what we choose to put our faith in. When I was a kid I used to put my faith in everything, I believed in everything. I was convinced that magic and Yoda were real. I literally practiced moving things with my brain knowing that one day I would be able to master the skill. When I wrote this song I was channeling that moment of disillusionment when this faith in things, in people, in the world, starts to fade. In the song I liken the feeling to floating around in a vacuum of space, but this is really just a visual for when the magic trick is revealed and suddenly you don’t know what to believe in anymore. When the flaws in people and in things you love are discovered, it’s a growing pain that’s both humbling and disappointing.

I always imagined a sort of demented prom queen character in this song, like a blend between Carrie and Drop Dead Gorgeous. I visualize a lot of my songs, so they sort of end up becoming movies in my head, but obviously they start out from a place of personal experience. I wrote this as if I’m having a conversation with myself, kind of like the angel and devil sitting on my shoulders. I was doubting myself, feeling like I couldn’t be what people were asking of me, that I’d choke under the pressure of it all. As we all know it’s a common stereotype that women can’t handle their emotions in pressure situations, so the song also plays with the conflicting feeling knowing that if I were to choke under pressure I’d just become another stereotype.

Ha! I don’t know how much there is to say about this, it’s not really mysterious in any way, nor is it preachy. I want and need money just as much as anybody else. It’s pretty self-explanatory methinks.

“Jeannie Becomes a Mom”:
This is my favorite song on the record. I wrote the entire thing, hooks and all, on an OP-1, which is an amazing little digital synth you can fit in a backpack. I love playing this tune but I also love the story it tells. It was loosely inspired by a friend who accidentally got pregnant, but I took a lot of creative liberty with it and blended a lot of things I was feeling in my own life. Every so often I’ll have bouts of pretty bad anxiety, where it feels like I’m running out of time. It makes me think about all my goals, that no matter how many dreams I fulfill I’m never going to be able to outrun time or my often rude reality. Jeannie is a little bit of me and a little bit of my friend and a lot bit of everyone attempting to build a dream-life for themselves.

“Getting To Me”:
I remember exactly when and where I wrote this. It was in my little apartment in Vermont I’d painted to look like a hacienda-meets-bizarro-taxidermy-shop. I was extremely lonely at the time. I hadn’t dated in years and really wanted to be with someone. Tinder was not for me but it seemed to be the only way to meet queer people in an predominantly straight place, which felt doubly lonely. I remember walking down the street and seeing couples everywhere. Every time I’d go to a restaurant alone I’d have to watch the waiter take away the place setting across from me. I eventually just started sitting at the counter and found it funny that that’s where all the single people sit. It’s interesting what you notice when you’re alone with your own thoughts.

“To Die Today”:
Thinking about death, to me, helps me fully appreciate life. I’ve heard that a near-death experience is extremely sensory, that it can feel like a warm wash come over you, the relief of leaving your body, or like you’re covered in light. I’d really rather not die any time soon but I would love to experience this. Sometimes it brings me real comfort knowing that all the pain in life is only temporary.

Caroline Rose -- Loner

“Soul No. 5”:
This song has gone through five different versions, hence the “No. 5” (also because it fondly reminds me of “Mambo No. 5”). I wrote the original years ago, but it always bugged me how earnest it was. As my style took shape I found the lyrics just didn’t challenge me anymore, so when we were in the studio my co-producer Paul Butler gave me really good advice. He said, “just take the piss out of it”, which in British means, “have fun with it”. It makes me laugh now. I am not ashamed in the least that it’s a feel-good song.

“Smile! AKA Schizodrift Jam 1 AKA Bikini Intro”:
(haha) What a ridiculous song! This is most definitely poking fun at all the times I’ve been told to smile in my life. I originally had twice as many voices in here but having to listen to them over and over was slowly dragging Paul closer to the brink of insanity. They’re mostly mine and Paul’s pitch-shifted, but he also found a way to record these robot voices from the internet, which were pretty hilarious. Schizodrift is what I call my genre of music and “Schizodrift Jam 1” was this amazing jam I’d recorded of my old band playing together for the first time. This is us recreating the jam sesh.

I love this one so much, it’s my riot grrl feminist surf punk anthem. It’s about so many things, but mostly about being female-identifying in the entertainment industry and the standard we’re supposed to live up to. This one’s best listened to with middle fingers up.

Caroline Rose, photo by Matt Hogan

Caroline Rose, photo by Matt Hogan

Whenever I get anxious or slightly manic the paranoia immediately sets in. I wouldn’t say my music is fettered with paranoia but it definitely makes an appearance more often than not. In this case you’d think I’d be talking about trash talk from other people, but I’m really pointing out the loud chatter in my own head. I am and always have been my own worst enemy, which I think is true for a lot of people out there.

This is as close to a love song as you’ll get on this album. In the most blunt sense it’s about a very visceral jealousy I’d had over an ex who was falling in love with someone new (I like that you can’t really tell if I’m jealous of the man or the woman in the story). It was very painful because I really thought I was over it and had moved on, but when you realize you’re still in love with someone the thought of them being physical with someone else drives you mental. Your imagination starts playing very mean tricks on you.

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Wild Beasts share career-spanning final album, Last Night All My Dreams Came True: Stream

We hope you’re wearing black, because today marks the release of the final Wild Beasts record. Titled Last Night All My Dreams Came True, the collection is a career-spanning live studio album comprised of 13 tracks. Subscribers of Apple Music and Spotify can stream below. You can album grab a copy here.

The album will feature cuts from 2008’s Limbo, Panto, 2011’s Smother, 2014’s Present Tense, and 2016’s Boy King. These aren’t just straightforward renditions, however. Just look at pre-release single “The Devil’s Palace”, which mashes together Limbo, Panto‘s “The Devil’s Crayon” and Present Tense‘s “Palace”. All 13 tracks were apparently recorded over just two days last summer at RAK Studios.

“It’s us as tight and slick as we ever have been,” the band’s Tom Fleming declared in a statement “And it’s also us giving the fewest fucks we’ve ever given. There’s a sense of celebration and destructiveness combined, a sense that the fetters are off. Not that they were ever on … but that sense of limited time before you shuffle off is very much a motivator.”

Wild Beasts announced their split in September via a statement on Facebook. “The four of us have decided, for our own reasons and in our own ways, that it is now time to leave this orbit,” they wrote. “We’re care takers for something precious and don’t want to have it diminish as we move forward with out lives.” The writing had been on the wall for a while, though. In a 2016 interview with The Independent, the band said they’d “become the band we objected to being.”

Last Night All My Dreams Came True follows last year’s Punk Drunk and Trembling, an EP of three original tracks. The band’s last shows are tonight and tomorrow in Manchester and London, respectively. More details, as well as the album’s artwork and tracklist, can be found below.

Last Night All My Dreams Came True Artwork:

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Last Night All My Dreams Came True Tracklist:
01. Wanderlust (Live at RAK)
02. Big Cat (Live at RAK)
03. A Simple Beautiful Truth (Live at RAK)
04. 2BU (Live at RAK)
05. Bed Of Nails (Live at RAK)
06. Hooting & Howling (Live at RAK)
07. This Is Our Lot (Live at RAK)
08. He The Colossus (Live at RAK)
09. The Devil’s Palace (Live at RAK)
10. Alpha Female (Live at RAK)
11. Get My Bang (Live at RAK)
12. All The King’s Men (Live at RAK)
13. Celestial Creatures (Live at RAK)

Wild Beasts 2018 Tour Dates:
02/16 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
02/17 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo

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Preoccupations announce new album, New Material, share stormy lead single, “Espionage”: Stream

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Preoccupations, the industrial post-punk outfit formerly known as Viet Cong, will release the follow-up to their 2016 self-titled release on March 23rd. Cheekily called New Material, the Jagjaguwar release is described by frontman Matt Flegel as “an ode to depression.”

“To depression and self-sabotage,” he continues, “and looking inward at yourself with extreme hatred.”

Lead single “Espionage” feels more furious than depressed, however, with Flegel’s frothing vocals crashing over waves of stormy, echoing distortion and thrumming bass. Cleaving through it all is a clean synth trail that should serve as a lifeline for the casual listener. See its eerie, shape-obsessed video above.

Preoccupations started from scratch with the album, noting that “virtually nothing” was written or demoed before the band came together to develop it. As such, they describe it as a collaborative process, one that incorporated producer Justin Meldal-Johnson (M83, Wolf Alice) to mix the rough cuts.

The band will hit the road a few weeks after the album’s release for a world tour that will keep them touring throughout the summer. See the full dates, as well as the album’s artwork and tracklist, below.

New Material Artwork:

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New Material Tracklist:
01. Espionage
02. Decompose
03. Disarray
04. Manipulation
05. Antidote
06. Solace
07. Doubt
08. Compliance

Preoccupations 2018 Tour Dates:
04/14 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
04/18 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
04/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade *
04/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere (Zone One) ^
04/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts *
04/24 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
04/26 – Columbus, OH @ The A&R Music Bar *
04/27 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *
04/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
05/01 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret *
05/03 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite *
05/04 – Calgary, AB @ Palomino *
05/05 – Calgary, AB @ Palomino
05/09 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
05/11 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza #
05/12 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater #
05/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop #
05/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo #
05/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar #
05/22 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
05/23 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
05/24 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
06/05 – London, UK @ London Underground
06/07 – Berlin, DE @ Musik & Frieden
06/10 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
06/11 – Paris, France @ Maroquinerie
06/12 – Ramsgate, UK @ RMH
06/13 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
07/03 – Amsterdam, NL @ Sugarfactory
07/04 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow

^ = w/ Odonis Odonis
* = w/ Freak Heat Waves
# = w/ Moaning

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Third Man Records reissues 1998 record from The Hentchmen and Jack White

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Before Jack White found success with drummer Meg White as The White Stripes, the Detroit songwriter played in a garage rock outfit called The Hentchmen. White played bass on only one album with the band, 1998’s Hentch-Forth. Now, White’s Third Man Records label is reissuing the LP on vinyl for the first time in almost 20 years.

The reissue will be an extended edition of the album, as it includes a version of the single “Some Other Guy” with White on guitar as well as some additional bonus tracks. (Third Man also notes that the “Some Other Guy” single was recorded and released at the same time as the White Stripes’ debut single, “Let’s Shake Hands”.)  The album was originally released as “The Hentchmen with Jack White” as a nod to “British Invasion records that would have an old bluesman or rocker as a guest.”

Hentch-Forth is just one of seven different records that Third Man is reissuing. All of them were originally released on Detroit’s Italy Records, which just celebrated its 20th anniversary. White has said that the label set the model for “Third Man’s DIY ethos.”

The reissues are available now on Third Man’s digital store.

Hentch-Forth Artwork:

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Hentch-Forth Tracklist:
01. Some Other Guy
02. Psycho Daisies
03. Yesterday’s Trash
04. L.A.M.F.
05. Automatic
06. Gawker Delay
07. Me and My Monotone
08. Little No More
09. Carry Me Home
10. Big Screen Lover
11. R&R Cancer
12. Club Wagon
13. Ham & Oil
14. Psycho Daisies (Alternate Take)

Watch fan-shot footage of The Hentchmen and Jack White in concert circa 1998:

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Seattle supergroup Who Is She? give a Track by Track breakdown of their new album, Seattle Gossip: Stream

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Track by Track is a recurring new music feature in which an artist offers a comprehensive rundown of their new album.

This Friday, three of Seattle’s finest tunesmiths will release their debut collaborative album, Seattle Gossip, under the moniker Who Is She?. The supergroup — consisting of Julia Shapiro (Chastity Belt), Robin Edwards (Lisa Prank), and Bree McKenna (Tacocat) — previously shared the buoyant, winking “Top 8”, and now Consequence of Sound is jazzed to offer a stream of Seattle Gossip in its entirety before it arrives courtesy of Father/Daughter Records.

Born out of affection, proximity (Edwards and McKenna live next door to each other), and a shared interest in The Stranger’s missed connection ads, Who Is She? evolved into a kaleidoscopic tapestry of dot-com nostalgia and pop culture deep dives. According to a press release, songs center around everything from the Scream franchise to My So-Called Life’s hunky Jordan Catalano to John Titor, the notorious Internet message boarder who claimed to be an American military time traveler around the turn of the century.

“Who Is She? started as a friendship band. We were all hanging out a ton while writing these songs and making music was another way to just hang out and have fun,” the band tells Consequence of Sound. “We were talking about how different the world might be if our favorite Canadian twee band Cub was as big as Nirvana, and wanted to write some songs in the style of their genius. The original concept was to only write songs about missed connection ads from the newspaper, but then we started branching out into other topics we care about like Courteney Cox and David Arquette’s lost love, rom coms, and Myspace.”

Nostalgia awaits below, so grab your tamagotchi and hit play. .

For further insight into the band’s process and peculiarities, the members of Who Is She? have broken down Seattle Gossip Track by Track. Get all the juiciest gossip below, and purchase the album here.

“Nervous Dufflebag Boy”:
The band started as a project based on the I Saw You missed connections ads from Seattle newspaper The Stranger. One of our friends told us it was a good way to prompt a pop song, so we (Robin and Bree) were hanging out at the house we lived in, and we’d never played music together, so we started reading the ads and trying to write songs. We noticed that a large majority of the ads were people noticing each other on the bus, and this song was based on one of those ads, by someone who called himself “nervous dufflebag boy.”

“Top 8”:
We were talking about the bizarre and often hurtful hierarchy of friendship that Myspace created back in the day, and wanted to write a song about the personal friendship drama that social media can create. Like, what a weird thing to rank your friends, right? On the flip side we (Bree and Robin) were old Myspace friends in different cities who were in each others’ top eights, and we learned a lot about what other DIY bands were cool at the time by looking at each others’ top 8s or 12s or whatever number they eventually became. We miss Myspace.

“Seattle Freeze”:
All three of us are from different cities, and we all felt welcomed and like we finally found our community of people when we moved to Seattle. For those who don’t live here, the Seattle Freeze is a MYTH that people in Seattle are unfriendly and passive aggressive, but we think it’s a nice place. We all found enriching, deep friendships here. In our personal experience, a lot of people that complain about the Freeze are rude customers we wait on at our service industry jobs who live in new condos.

“Worst Girl At The 5 Point”:
This is another missed connection ad about a girl who was really hitting it off with someone, but then got kicked out of the bar before she could exchange phone numbers with them. Some of us (we won’t say who but you can ask us about it IRL) can really relate to having a blossoming romance go great early in the night and then turn sour after too many drinks. We hope the worst girl at the 5 point got a second chance!

“I’m Getting Courtney Cox And David Arquette Back Together If It’s The Last Thing I Do”:
This song is about the undeniable on-screen chemistry that Courteney Cox and David Arquette have in the Scream movie franchise. Did you know they fell in love on set? When you’re watching the movie, you’re watching those two actors fall deeply in love. This song is a plea for them to work it out, we think they really had something special and true love is magical and rare. This description is longer than the actual song, but all the feelings are packed into those 60 seconds.

“John Titor”:
Where do we even start with this song? We were fans of the supernatural radio call-in show Coast to Coast growing up, and particularly fascinated with the story of John Titor, an Internet message board time traveler in the year 2000 who said he had come from the future to do something with IBM computers. We were talking about what it would be like to have a time traveler boyfriend, and this song is about if your time traveling lover keeps bringing you gifts from the past, which in turn alters the current version of reality. It’s a stretch. It was also during writing this song that we learned that the only thing better than two last-chorus key jumps is THREE last chorus key jumps.

We love romcoms:

While You Were Sleeping
Legally Blonde
10 Things I Hate About You
Groundhog Day
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (only Julia)
IQ (only Robin)
Sleepless in Seattle (only Bree) (re-watching it, it’s not as good as you remember) (Bree disagrees)
My Best Friend’s Wedding
13 Going on 30
Runaway Bride
Never Been Kissed

And so many more we’re forgetting! We only spent five minutes on this list!

“Blushin’ On The 44”:
Another romantic bus song! This is the first song we wrote for this band, which we initially called Gutless because of the timid nature of these ads. But there was another band called Gutless, so we became Who is She?. The first goal of this band was to write songs in the style of the great Canadian cuddlecore band Cub, and we really went for it on this one.

No one can ever seem to cover an Elliott Smith song perfectly, so we really changed things up with the power chords and the pop punk solo. He’s one of the artists that we all connected about loving when we were first becoming friends, and we hope he would appreciate this very very simplified version of his beautiful song.

“Jordan Catalano”:
We lifted lines straight from genius 90s TV show My So-Called Life to write this song about lovable loser Jordan Catalano, played by Jared Leto, and that beautiful moment when Angela (Claire Danes) wakes up and decides that she’s over him. Who hasn’t accidentally fallen in love with a beautiful dud? Remember that time Angela thought he wrote a song for her and it was actually about his car?

“Angry Bitches”:
This one is based on another another I Saw You ad from The Stranger about losing someone during Pride at the Eagle. We set it to the music we (Julia and Robin) were jamming out to one time when we were trying to write a metal song late at night in the practice space.

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