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Out of the two of us here at If It's Too Loud..., I'm hardly the lover of pop. That's starting to change, and I'm slowly admitting to liking some of the more pop oriented music out there. My latest discovery is Nashville's Caroline Romano. At just twenty years old, Romano has crafted this wonderful song "Panic Attack" that's only really pop because... I guess what else would it be? It's a two and a half minute song about having a panic attack that focuses mostly on Romano's vocals with some quite sparse instrumentation. It's really just light guitar, strings, and some other occasional instruments. It's a gorgeously lush song despite it's sparseness, and some of the most intriguing alt-pop I've heard in a long time.
Caroline Romano says of her new single:
“I wrote “Panic Attack' in a parked car after one of the worst panic attacks I’ve ever experienced. I had just gotten off the phone with my mom, frantic because I didn’t know what to do or how to help myself. The only thing I knew to do was to write it all down. It’s still not something I can fully put into words, but writing this song helped pull me out of my own head. I’m an incredibly anxious person and I’ve struggled with my mental health for as long as I can remember, which is why it felt so important to spotlight ‘Panic Attack’ as a single. The last line of the song is, ‘I think I’m gonna be okay,’ because I truly believe that— I believe it for myself and for anyone listening. We’re going to be more than okay.”
You can listen to "Panic Attack" below. Oddities and Prodigies is due out February 25. For more on Caroline Romano, check out the artist's website.