11 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Expanding on her acclaimed 2011 sophomore album, Verdugo Hills, Caroline Lufkin released Verdugo Hills Remixes in 2012, offering up 11 producers’ reworkings. Eluvium’s take on the opening “Balloon” delivers a gradual swell of beautifully muted beats and looped tones to create something that recalls Boards of Canada's experimental ambient creations. Similarly, the Manual remix of “Sleep” keeps the song’s ethereal origins while filling in the cracks with subtle electro-toned drones that are hushed in the mix and separated sporadically. The song moves with the still beauty of a swan on a lake as Caroline’s gauzy vocals float over everything like a silver fog. James Scott Tamborello (a.k.a. Dntel) mixes some of his signature clipped glitches into “Seesaw,” creating a remix that plays as if Caroline were performing this song in an echo chamber accompanied by a vintage drum machine and guitar pedals patched into a quartet of Speak & Spells. Rory Vallis offers a similarly glitchy take on “Pink Gloom,” replete with backmasked organ notes for an extra-haunting effect.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Expanding on her acclaimed 2011 sophomore album, Verdugo Hills, Caroline Lufkin released Verdugo Hills Remixes in 2012, offering up 11 producers’ reworkings. Eluvium’s take on the opening “Balloon” delivers a gradual swell of beautifully muted beats and looped tones to create something that recalls Boards of Canada's experimental ambient creations. Similarly, the Manual remix of “Sleep” keeps the song’s ethereal origins while filling in the cracks with subtle electro-toned drones that are hushed in the mix and separated sporadically. The song moves with the still beauty of a swan on a lake as Caroline’s gauzy vocals float over everything like a silver fog. James Scott Tamborello (a.k.a. Dntel) mixes some of his signature clipped glitches into “Seesaw,” creating a remix that plays as if Caroline were performing this song in an echo chamber accompanied by a vintage drum machine and guitar pedals patched into a quartet of Speak & Spells. Rory Vallis offers a similarly glitchy take on “Pink Gloom,” replete with backmasked organ notes for an extra-haunting effect.

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About Caroline

Solo experimental electronic pop artist Caroline Lufkin sings delicate vocal melodies over glitched IDM beats and dreamy, understated sound beds. Born in Okinawa, Japan, she was inspired to write songs by her older sister, Olivia, who had made a name for herself as a J-pop singer. In 2003, Caroline graduated from the Berklee School of Music in Boston and moved to Los Angeles to pursue music as a full-time career. In 2006, Temporary Residence Limited released her debut, Murmurs, an album of electronic ambient pop ballads built from the ground up using pianos, guitars, harps, bells, guitars, and strings. That content was remixed for 2008’s Murmurs Mixes, before Verdugo Hills was released in 2010. ~ Jason Lymangrover

  • ORIGIN
    Okinawa, Japan
  • GENRE
    Pop

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