“Anyone Else” is the latest offering from New York orchestral pop artist Sur Back


The solo endeavour of Caroline Sans, a self-taught musician and classically trained dancer, Sur Back is a consummate exploration of baroque pop.

Taken from EP Kitsch II and following previous single “Valentino”, “Anyone Else” is a multifaceted improvisational work full of whimsy and mysticism. Complex layering and gorgeous harmony borrow from elements of classical and folk music and reflect Sur Back’s transition from rural idle to city living; the main theme of the record.

Speaking about the song and the EP, Caroline said: "This song and Providence (another song on the EP) started out as one, and it was partly about the excitement of being in a new city for the first time and finding joy in observing the lives of strangers. Anyone Else/Providence was one of the first songs I wrote for Sur Back and it was all on guitar. As I got more invested in production over the years, I decided to make it an orchestral piece with many movements, but it became so long that I decided to split it into two songs. When I went on tour a couple years ago, I had barely produced the ending and was still playing it on electric guitar, and someone suggested the song was about religion...it’s actually about sex. The really beautiful, timeless, placeless kind where you’re really in love. I wanted to write about something down-to-earth but let the high stakes speak through the production, like euphoria veiled in mundanity—like if Rogers & Hammerstein wrote about a picnic."

The EP was written, recorded and produced by Sur Back with final mastering duties conducted by Patrick Brown (Zola Jesus, Grimes).

Kitsch II is out 23 February.

Sur Back unveils single "Valentino" + plays The Knit tonight (01.09)


Sur Back unveils single "Valentino" + plays The Knit tonight (01.09)

Sur Back is the solo project of avant-pop NYC based artist Caroline Sans. Walking the line between orchestral and electronic, her new single Valentino (streaming below) showcases an artist able to synthesise complexity, structure and melody into music that's relevant and current. Lovers of other deliciously edgy female fronted acts like Bjork, Portishead and St. Vincent should definitely lend an ear to Sur Back's debut EP and look out for the upcoming sophomore entitled KITSCH II, bound to drop on February 2.rdSur Back will be performing live at The Knitting Factory tonight, January 9th.

sur back – “valentino”

singer, songwriter, and producer caroline sans decamped to new york city from her south florida home base in the midst of working on her latest extended play, kitsch ii.  while sans’ output as sur back has long had a technicolor allure, her relocation to a metropolis has rendered her music even more vivid; lead single “valentino” is a stuttering symphony in miniature, strings and brass joining together in a swirling cacophony of orchestral pop.

threaded throughout “valentino” is a hypnotic, melismatic lead vocal that twists the titular character’s name around bursts of angular guitar riffs, eventually coalescing with the aforementioned framework for a mesmerizing finale.  kitsch ii is out february 23rd; listen to “valentino” below.

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Over three years ago, Rich introduced us to the work of Caroline Sans’ project, Sur Back, at the time when the Floridian released her single “Occam’s Razor”. She was a hidden gem, and today she has emerged as one of America’s rising stars. Check that, one of the world’s most exciting innovators. Her new single is unlike anything currently out there.

Part symphony, part electronic, part pop-rock, and 100% dazzling, “Valentino” is a masterful mélange of styles, textures, and influences. Plucky violin, steely electric guitar, soaring synths and keys, and popping percussion are heard on this carnival of a song. Although the multiple layers and sounds seem conflicting, it somehow works brilliantly. It’s like seeing an unusual concoction of ingredients on a plate yet put together they explode in your mouth. Only with “Valentino”, Sans the musical chef has made our minds erupt and, thus, introduced us to a new world of possibilities.

The song is taken from Sur Back’s new EP, Kitsch II, which drops February 23rd.

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Sur Back shares fashionably ominous track "Valentino"

Sur Back, the solo project "experimental pop brainchild" of Caroline Sans, is sharing her new track "Valentino" exclusively with EARMILK. The track, produced and written by the former ballerina pirouettes between layered combinations of guitars, vocals, and beats, along with various string and brass instruments, a la St. Vincent. It's haunting, yet light, whimsical, but domineering.

When asked about the track, Caroline shared with EARMILK:

"I wrote Valentino with the idea of scoring a fashion show—it's straightforward and confident but also jagged and theatrical, and I like to think it sounds like walking in heels. Lyrically, it's a conglomeration of thoughts on social hierarchy and mental health; sonically, it includes a kiss, a bite into an apple, and a cathedral choir chopped and screwed."

The track is off her forthcoming second EP, Kitsch II, due out February 23rd, 2018. The formally trained dancer and current producer and musician, has embedded the transitional experience of moving from her childhood home in Florida to New York City in the eloquent poetic track. Between the ethereal vocals, you can feel the wide-eyed optimism associated with taking on a new adventure. It's in jaggedness of the track but also the earnest and straight forward lyrics in lyrics. In "Valentino" she seems to sing about the facade of someone she's crossed paths with in her new the empire sate home, crooning, "buried your Rolex in tasteless snow / forget all about it, dear / limping back into genuine American smirk / candied pink coral under the skull / is that all you take me for?"

With nods to in vogue trends matched with a sound that seems to dance the way she used to, Sur Back's "Valentino" accomplishes an echoing experience that is not just trendy – it's timeless.

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Jupiter, Florida’s Caroline Sans — aka Sur Back — is set to drop her new Kitsch EP this Friday, but you can stream the whole thing now: it’s a self-assured debut featuring 4 tracks of dreamy, vibrantly produced art-pop, including a newly remastered version of the aforementioned stunner “Trophy Daughter” that sounds particularly massive. Listen below, and get Kitsch July 1st on iTunes:

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The 405: Check out Sur Back's dizzying 'Trophy Daughter' video

One month before the unveiling of her debut independent EP Kitsch, 22-year-old Florida artist Caroline Sans, better known as Sur Back, has shared a video for 'Trophy Daughter'.

The spinning pastel style of the video manages to capture the wave of sound Sans corroborates on her upcoming release. Heavy with an experimental ambient pop twitch, Sans corrals herself somewhere along the lines of Charlift's Caroline Polachek and St. Vincent on the single, perfectly compressed for a sweltering summer.

On the work, she writes: "'Trophy Daughter' was born out of a coming-of-age type narrative, and on the surface, it might seem like just a personal celebration of femininity and aspiration. But I really strove to make a palatable pop song that uses its accessibility to further the idea of a completely inclusive feminine spectrum - one that rebrands the caring, maternal archetype so that women not only celebrate themselves, but use the successes of their personal feminism to nurture social movements that currently have less support."

Watch the new video for 'Trophy Daughter' below and look out for Sur Back's Kitsch EP, arriving July 1st.

My Old Kentucky Blog: Watch Sur Back’s New Video for “Trophy Daughter”

Sur Back, the moniker of Jupiter, Florida’s Caroline Sans, enchanted us with her dark-tinged pop songs “Jane Eyre” and “Occam’s Razor” way back in 2014 with the expectation of her debut EP to come sometime in 2015. While that did not occur, we are extremely stoked that Sans has officially announced her debut EP, titled Kitsch, will be seeing the light of day on July 1st. With the announcement comes new song “Trophy Daughter” along with a self-directed visual companion. Unlike the previously mentioned songs which cut sharply, “Trophy Daughter” has more of a woozy, forlorn quality percolating throughout it intricately layered instrumentation. The song is another excellent addition to her already promising catalog.