caroline is an eight piece, based in London. Started by Jasper Llewellyn, Mike O’Malley, Casper Hughes in early 2017, caroline initially evolved out of weekly improvisation sessions. Bringing together shared influences in, and experiences of playing, midwestern ‘emo’ guitar music, Appalachian folk, minimalist classical and various forms of dance music. caroline now includes Oliver Hamilton (violin), Magdalena McLean (violin), Freddy Wordsworth (trumpet, bass), Alex McKenzie (clarinet, saxophone), Hugh Aynsley (drums, percussion), alongside the three original members. The group spent a year and a half playing privately, without a project name. Reiterating, deconstructing and re-building the same small handful of songs over and over again, the group slowly expanded their on-stage members before playing their debut show as caroline in 2018. caroline are currently working on their debut album.
On the Dark Blue video, caroline say: “We see ‘caroline’ as being ‘systems-based’ music in the way that all the musical parts are mutually interdependent and none are expendable. This video shows a city and explores how, with it’s similarly interconnected roads, tracks, tunnels and rivers, it shares something with this characteristic of our music and of this song in particular. A city’s architectural features, and the ways that they coexist with each other, became analogies for the musical parts that knot together in ‘Dark blue’. We have developed this video in parallel with the escalating COVID-19 situation and the influence of the crisis on the editing process has been inevitable. Central features of the video have taken on a new significance in light of this. The video shows a city that could be a lot of places in the world right now – the lights are on, the city is being powered, but it’s inhabitants are hidden. It shows skyscrapers that sit, ominously frozen, waiting to be reactivated. The video tries to animate these buildings beyond their status as symbols of global finance, gradually deconstructing them into basic shapes and distorting the light from their windows into new patterns. The buildings are animate and persist, regardless of human presence.”