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Divine Schism: Caroline + Dear Laika + Flights of Helios

13/10/2021

19:30

Divine Schism: Caroline + Dear Laika + Flights of Helios

Very excited to be working with Caroline after hearing fragments of their work over the past couple of years! Caroline are joined by Dear Laika and Flights of Helios.

caroline began in early 2017, evolving out of weekly improvisation sessions. Band members brought together their shared influences, including Midwestern emo, Appalachian folk, minimalist classical and various forms of electronic music, slowly expanding their on-stage membership as the songs developed. Rough Trade released their debut single “Dark blue” in March 2020, and the eight-piece were nominated as Ones To Watch at the 2020 AIM Awards, and narrowly beaten by Arlo Parks.

“Skydiving onto the library roof” represents a new development in caroline’s songwriting process. Built on what the band refer to as a “broken loop” with no fixed pulse or rhythm, the song represents the start of their ongoing explorations into non-gridded time signatures and improvisation. “We’ve always been interested in patterns and repetition and that definitely features in a big way, although rather than there being a minimalistic, mechanical precision to the repetition, each one is unique,” they explain of the track. “The essence of the song - the broken loop - came early in the process and everything else seemed to naturally evolve out of it, as if the other parts were already contained within the broken loop and just needed to be unpacked.”

The video for “Skydiving onto the library roof” features people wading in the River Ravensbourne, in southeast London, an activity that the members of caroline say their wider group of friends have got into over the past year, allowing them to explore the city from a different perspective. The video itself was inspired by semi-documentary styles of film such as Patrick Keiller’s “London”, which explore the boundary between artificial and natural behaviors. “We became interested in giving poignancy to incidental occurrences and chance goings-on. The video ends up kind of being a ‘film about a film’, or a ‘behind the scenes’ documentary at points,” the members of caroline explain. “The video is a collection of events, not necessarily connected - kind of like the music, there isn’t a narrative, just a progression of scenes that make sense when placed in a certain order; caroline will tour the UK this fall

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