Single Review: caroline – Good Morning (red)

It’s caroline as you’ve always heard them, yet also as you’ve never heard them before. On ‘Good Morning’, caroline build an early song, based around one riff, into what I consider to be their statement track. Interwoven between the usual expected hallmarks of your great ethereal post rock song, vocal layers are built atop of each other, before breaking loose in such bold ways that it is hard to forget. Devoid of reverb, and arguably classed as it’s own instrument, Casper Hughes’s voice on this track is impeccable. Letting out shouted refrains about his views on the political climate circa 2017 (CAN I BE HAPPY WITH THE WORLD? WE’LL HAVE TO CHANGE IT, IT DOESN’T SUIT US). It’s a goosebump worthy moment, only to be followed by a few minutes of disjointedness, merely held together by a domineering bassline. It’s as if this is the last thing someone is fighting to hear during the final stages of dementia.

The band explain that “as we got interested in other sounds and recording techniques, we always came back to ‘Good morning’, reworking it and developing it in line with whatever we were interested in at the time. In its final recorded form, it’s kind of a song in two halves. The first half is how the band started: us playing a long song live in a room. And the second half is more what we are interested in now: different recorded worlds co-existing and colliding with one another. It’s the first song we ever wrote so it’s exciting that people are finally going to hear it in recorded form.”

Their debut self titled album will be released on February 25 2022, and can be pre-ordered here. Accompanied by their new single comes a set of tour dates, which can be found below.


25th February – London, Rough Trade East


Thu 24 – Margate – The Margate Caves

Fri 25 – Cardiff – Shift

Sat 26 – Bristol – Tobacco Factory

Sun 27 – Brighton – West Hill Hall

Wed 30 – Ipswich – The Baths

Thu 31 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club


1st April – Newcastle – Gosforth Civic Centre

Sat 2 – Glasgow – Audio

Sun 3 – Edinburgh – Summerhall

Mon 4 – Manchester – Soup Kitchen

Tue 5 – Cambridge – Unitarian Church

Thu 7 – London – Cecil Sharp House



Tue 19 – Paris – Les Instant Chavirés

Thu 21 – Rotterdam – Motel Mozaique

Fri 22 – Rotterdam – Motel Mozaique

Sat 23 – Rotterdam – Motel Mozaique

Mon 25 – Berlin – Silent Green

Tue 26 – Jena – Trafo

Wed 27 – Brussels, Botanique

Thu 28 – Arlon, Les Aralunaires

Fri 29 –  St Gallen – Palace

Sat 30 – Lausanne, Association du Salopard


Tue 3rd – Barcelona, Razzmatazz

Wed 4th – Madrid, Moby Dick

Thu 5th – Lisbon – ZDB

Photo Credit: Tom Whitson