Caitlin Rose

Caitlin Rose

BandCountryRock

Caitlin Rose tells stories of an evolving country. She speaks in a new generation of American twang and "Im-a-gonnas" about another generation of young American alcoholics falling in love at backyard weddings, old themes voiced with new ease and energetic pace.

Biography

Caitlin Rose, sings like a teenager alone in her room, which is what she was. The 22-year-old's idiosyncratic delivery is bursting with a reedy emotionalism that is perfect for both ironic quips and big, quivering notes. Her quirky, country-tinged pop contains equal parts Bright Eyes and Loretta Lynn both of them also know how to sound naked when they sing.

Rose's casual wordiness also owes a debt to the confessional singer-songwriter genre, but she tempers it with a clever vintage sensibility there are moments on her debut LP (due out on theory 8 records) that could be mistaken for a lost country B-side secret, spare and extra twangy.

There are plenty of excellent break-up songs (can the world ever have too many?) including the slow burner "Song for Rabbits" in which Rose reenacts the he said/she said of a comfortably fucked-up relationship: "Fall back into my desperate arms / Fall back into this old disaster / Because it's better than spending all your nights alone." Like most of the best, the young songwriter relies on the well-chosen detail: a T-shirt from an old love, the way you still check their favorite TV channels: "It's wrong how much I changed for you / I sit back and watch my channels change just how you want them to."

Another standout, "Heart of this Town," also spins its yarn within the confines of a passionate disaster. It's a country-style back-and-forth duet with Jeremy McAnulty (brother of De Novo Dahl's Joel) about cheatin', drinkin', fightin' and coming back home each person daring the other actually to end it. The instrumentation is simultaneously old school pedal steel, banjo and just quirky enough to be modern: the occasional organ, chiming keyboard or horn section. And, all that aside, Rose is simply captivating. Her relationship to a singer like Lynn goes well beyond the way she swoops up into the big notes it has more to do with her fragile yet brassy persona: the heartbroken woman who finds a way to sing about it and therefore earns a different kind of victory.

Lyrics

Sinful Wishing Well

Written By: Caitlin Rose

Though I don't know when I'll hit the bottom
I been fallin for so long that I can't tell
I know that you'll never hear me callin
From the bottom of my sinful wishing well

I been makin lots of friends along the way
and they all tell me you'll come back someday
Wish I could believe em
But my friends are so decievin
and so full of all the easy things to say

Though I don't know when I'll hit the bottom
I been fallin for so long that I can't tell
I know that you'll never hear me callin
From the bottom of my sinful wishing well

Every poison penny as it falls
Carves your poison name up on the wall
And they're pilin' up so fast
I can't make my wishes last
I don't think they're doing any good at all

Cause I been thinking hurricaines and
Bullets fallin down like rain
I think of you and that's just when it starts
In the dark, you know I've seen it
But you know that I don't mean it
From the bottom of my angry broken heart

Though I don't know when I'll hit the bottom
I been fallin for so long that I can't tell
I know that you'll never hear me callin
From the bottom of my sinful wishing well

Discography

Dead Flowers EP
Gorilla Man 7 Inch