Some country for ya this Sunday afternoon:
Caitlin Rose has been turning heads stateside for well over a year: in 2009 she performed at SXSW, supported Herman Dune and Phosphorescent, toured America extensively and collaborated with other members of the Holly House collective in Nashville, Tennessee, her native city. Towards the end of the year she focused her efforts on Britain, played a wide array of gigs in the capital, caught food poisoning in Brighton and attracted the attention of several influential figureheads, one of whom was Marc Riley, who has since played her songs on his BBC Radio 6 show. Caitlin re-released her Dead Flowers EP on February 15th, making it available in the UK for the first time under Names Records.
There’s no scooting around the subject, her music is country, through-and-through. Some of you may recoil at the word, but Caitlin writes the kind of country that could spin an uninitiated listener on their heels; it’s blissfully heart wrenching, sung by a woman with a voice decades older than her soul. Highlights thus far come from her cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Dead Flowers”, “Sinful Wishing Well” and the as-of-yet unreleased “Shanghai Cigarettes”. Her unrecorded song “Things Change” offers an awe-inspiring glimpse at material to come and remotely echoes Laura Marling’s “Darkness Descends”.
Since February 1st, Caitlin has been adding the final touches to her highly anticipated debut album with producer Mark Nevers, who has previously worked with Eef Barzelay and Clem Snide. Of her future sound, Caitlin admits, “This record will be a far cry from the acoustic EP. I play live with a band now and want to work within the noise we've been making, inspired in part by hearing Linda Ronstadt sing "Tumbling Dice" and all those strange dreams I keep having about Tom Petty's teeth!”
Tiffany Daniels caught up with Caitlin Rose, to check on the progress of her debut album, to delve a little deeper into her musical inspirations, and map her future plans!