Caroline: Verdugo Hills Remixes
Following the release of Verdugo Hills ? the second album from Caroline, the Japanese electronic-pop songstress and Mice Parade alum ? a slew of her peers graciously answered our calls for remixes and reinterpretations of every song from the acclaimed album. Not surprisingly, the results are more successful and less ephemeral than most remix albums ? a testament not only to the ingenuity of the various remixers on deck, but also Caroline?s weightless, angelic vocals which transcend even the most jarring sonic manipulations. Along with Caroline?s bandmates in Mice Parade, remixers include: Eluvium, Manual, Dntel, Dead Waiter, Lumia, Her Space Holiday, Rory Vallis, Dan Lippel, and JNH. Additionally, the album comes with a free MP3 download code that includes a bonus remix by Doug Scharin of Mice Parade/Codeine/June of 44 fame.
Caroline: Verdugo Hills
Verdugo Hills builds upon the same minimalist, angelic pop that made Caroline?s debut album, Murmurs, so striking. Having spent the past several years as a full-time member of the small musical army that is Mice Parade, Caroline has mastered the art of mingling a dozen or more distinct sounds to form miniature symphonies for the soul that can turn from an icy chill to a warm glow in the span of a few breaths. Her lyrical delivery and subject matter have matured enormously, exposing new depths to her emotional range to accompany the deceptively subdued mix of acoustic and electronic instrumentation. Ultimately Verdugo Hills succeeds emphatically in giving electronic music a comforting heartbeat and a contemplative soul. She has become an intriguing and understated figure in the world of electronic pop music, accelerating the genre with startling, unexpected beauty while leaving lasting impressions on all of us who are along for the ride.
Caroline: Murmurs Mixes EP
Caroline: Where's My Love
Born and raised in Okinawa, Japan, Caroline (last name: Lufkin) elicits that rare EVERYONE HAS TO HEAR THIS RIGHT NOW response that bounces inside your head when you hear music that feels like an epiphany. Produced by Sweden-born Andreas Bjorck, ?Where?s My Love? sparkles like crystal wind chimes, with Caroline?s fragile, angelic voice like a siren?s breath against your cheek. Combining minimalist electronic instrumentation, classic arrangements, and vocals that seem supernaturally transparent, ?Where?s My Love? is virtually autonomous, defying referential impulse. It?s the sound of a million tiny shards of recognizable sound (Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Boards of Canada, Portishead, Lali Puna, Sigur Ros, and Aphex Twin, for starters), poured into a totally unique new mold. This is the sound we were waiting for.
Following the critical and fanatical praise of last year's otherworldly "Where's My Love" single, Tokyo, Japan's Caroline releases her enchanting debut album. Murmurs is a thing of blessed beauty that defies easy description. It is nearly impossible to attach words to the supernatural brilliance of Caroline's songs. From the weeping trumpet and innocent lyrical sentiments of opener "Bicycle" to the cinematic tide of "Winter" ? whose orchestral weight and lyrical hopefulness threaten to crush the listener from the inside-out ? Murmurs is a truly masterful album. No samples were used: dozens of live acoustic instruments ? pianos, harps, bells, guitars, strings and hand drums ? are shaped around Caroline's crystalline voice and threadedtogether by warm bass and dense beats. With a transcendence that could give you chills on a blistering summer day just as easily as it could warm your body on a bitterly cold night, it's no wonder Caroline has developed a reputation as queen of the "snow jams."
Following her first single, the much-adored ?Where?s My Love,? Caroline is back with the second single from this year?s transcendant Murmurs album. Accompanied by a pair of remixes from avant-electronic artist Logreybeam (Type Records) and DJ Poignant, ?Sunrise? brings a warm thaw to Murmurs, its minimal heartbeat rhythm thumping beneath transparent washes of reverberating pianos and vocal harmonies. It is a perfect reminder of why Caroline?s tiny music is making such a big impression.