Photo by Monica Murray
Back in October 2017 I walked towards Great Scott disappointed that had missed opener Caroline Rose. I really enjoyed her 2014 album I Will Not Be Afraid with her groovy version of country in songs like "Blood on Your Bootheels." As I walked inside, I had my hopes up since the bizarro DEVO goes a little country sounding band that was playing was obviously not Caroline Rose. Turns out it was, and between 2018's LONER and 2020's Superstar I grew to love her new hyper and strange take on pop music.
Caroline Rose is back with a new song, and she's changed up her sound even more. At her surprise set at the Here and There Festival, she mentioned that she had recently fallen back in love with acoustic music, and while that's evident with "Love / Lover / Friend," it won't be in the way that you expect. There's something very French pop in this song, as well as chamber pop or even orchestral. "Love / Lover / Friend" truly focuses on Rose's vocals, which her songs haven't done in the past. When I first started to listen to it, I expected this sound to just be an intro to a more energetic poppy song, but it maintains this style throughout. This is a gorgeous song that builds and wanes throughout, meandering between pop and more experimental as it goes on. Just when you think you "get" Caroline Rose, she puts out a masterpiece like this that just floors you.
You can watch the video for "Love / Lover / Friend" below. The song is available as a single via New West Records, and can be found here. For more on Caroline Rose, check out the artist's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.