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Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps - "Calliope" MP3 (PopMatters Premiere)

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Tuesday, Aug 16, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
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Minneapolis' Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps are still rooted in folk rock, but expanding into contemporary indie rock. The catchy hooks remain, but their new sound destined to win the group a whole new set of fans, while pleasing the old ones

Minneapolis’ Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps release their latest album Little Wind this coming September 20th. The new work sees the band still rooted in folk rock, but expanding their sound into contemporary indie rock. The catchy hooks thankfully remain, but broadening their approach seems destined to win the group a new set of fans, while keeping their old ones quite happy. Smith said of the new album, “This record took a lot out of us as a band. We were in a huge transitional period when we were writing these songs and still not completely comfortable with any of them when we finally went into the studio. But because we were so unsettled with everything, the songs and the band, the record means so much more to us now because we got to see it all come together in front of our eyes and turn in to something we are all so proud of.”

Previously, Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps made the lead track of Little Wind, “Tanktop”, available for download and you can check that out below. Today, we bring you the online premiere of another new tune from the record, “Calliope”. This song is emblematic of the catchy folk-pop married to indie rock that is the new aesthetic for the group. Smith’s voice is stronger than ever and the band is super tight in their backing, evidencing a high level of musicianship. Smith says that “Calliope” “is my older brother’s favorite song. I remember playing it for him in our living room when I was first writing it and he just leaped into the air and started dancing around and fist pumping. I wanted to capture that with the production of the song—I wanted to see how much harder I could get him to rock out once he heard the produced version. I think it worked.”

Look for Little Wind and live performances this fall as Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps tour through September and October (dates below), kicking things off in Minneapolis naturally.

9.16 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *
9.17 Northfield, MN @ The Cave
9.18 Omaha, NE @ O’Leavers
9.19 Fort Collins, CO @ The Hangar
9.20 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive ^
9.22 St. Louis, MN @ Off Broadway
9.23 Ames, IA @ The Space for Ames
9.24 Iowa City, IA @ The Mill
9.25 Lawrence, KA @ Replay Lounge
9.26 Tulsa, OK @ Soundpony
9.27 Little Rock, AR @ White Water Tavern
9.28 Indianapolis, IN @ Earth House Collective
9.29 Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s #
9.30 Milwaukee, WI @ Club Girabaldi #
10.01 Madison, WI @ The Terrace #
10.04 Columbus, OH @ Woodlands Tavern
10.10 Boston, MA @ The Middle East
10.13 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
10.21 Providence, RI @ TBA

* w/ Dark Dark Dark, Dead Man Winter, and Daredevil Christoper Wright
^ w/ Ivan & Alyosha
# w/ Dead Man WInter

Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps
Little Wind
Releasing: 20 September

1. Tanktop
2. ;;;
3. Strong Shoulders
4. Strong Shoulders Reprise
5. Calliope
6. Eagle’s Nest
7. Scholarships
8. Hannah’s Song
9. Denim Boy
10. Birch Trees & Broken Barns

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Smith has a quirky voice with a warble that resembles the freak-folk style of Joanna Newsom and Alela Diane. But while there is something Western about those two singers, Smith’s vocals have a Midwestern, plaintive air.
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