Boomkat Product Review:
Chirpy Aussie jangle in a Heavenly/Talulah Gosh mode from Caroline Kennedy and her collaborators, including Mick Turner and Dirty Three's Jim White. RIYL The Cat's Miaow or The Lucksmiths.
Kennedy wrote her self-titled third Caroline No album in 2019, and after road testing the songs for a year, decided to record everything in Melbourne during the summer. She assembled her band from artists she grew up with - friends who she knew had an appreciation for her material - and allowed the music to shift and grow as it picked up influence from her collaborators. This time around it was Jim White on drums, Ian Wadley on bass, Dee Hannan on guitar and vocals, and Mick Turner on guitars; Turner also helped produce the album in his studio. Kennedy herself handles vocals and rhythm guitar, directing the mood of the record with her whimsical words that attempt to reshape the history of pop music by shifting songs' patriarchal subject matter.
With such an adept band surrounding her and such powerful songs, it's hard for Kennedy not to slip into an enticing groove on the album. She straddles a sound that might not be central to Melbourne, but was certainly a character of lesser-known cult heroes The Cat's Miaow and enduring indie-pop band The Lucksmiths. Kennedy's songs are more sardonic and literary, but no less affecting - steeped in the kind of lackadaisical romantic nonchalance that we all fell in love with back in the Sarah Records era. Quite lovely.