OurVinyl Rising Star: Sur Back

Rising Star is a recurring column written by Dylan Tracy, contributor. It consists of an interview and an exclusive premiere. Today’s feature is on Caroline Sans, or Sur Back, her solo art pop project, and her new video for her first single, “Jane Eyre.”

Caroline Sans is a magician. Google her solo moniker’s name, and you’ll find her SoundCloud, where you can be transported to another realm by her enchanting, clever art pop. However, she doesn’t have albums or even an EP, but she has two singles, one cover, and a few demos. “Jane Eyre,” the lead single from her upcoming 2015 album (no date has been scheduled yet) Kitsch, unfurls and gyrates with distinctly incredible passion that comes off as a deeply in-tune tone, thumping at 13 beats a measure. Everything about Sur Back sounds ready for thousands and thousands to engorge upon, and her latest single, “Occam’s Razor,” only furthers that ambitious statement. Downtempo, but surreally evocative, the latter track evokes a certain stroke of genius. And while we wait for Kitsch to writhe into the sunlight and wrap us all together, here’s the stunning, gorgeous video for “Jane Eyre,” directed by Derek Mitchell and Tatiana Cardenas.

I hope the holidays were a splendid time for you! I got a bunch of good records. What did you get for Christmas?

That sounds great! Hmm, I got some clothes and jewelry, money towards my dream amp …oh, and somebody wrote me a song!

As far as Sur Back goes, it’s all you, correct? You play all the instruments?

I do! I play guitar, sing, and play MIDI sometimes live, and I make the arrangements/samples beforehand. It started out really primitive, just recording straight into a loop pedal and then moving the tracks into Garageband, but I started using Ableton and Waves about a year ago, and now I’m really getting into composing with winds and brass on this latest one!

How long have you been writing music for the moniker Sur Back?

I started writing music in high school, but I settled on the moniker in my first year of college.

Your debut album, titled Kitsch, is reported by Impose as being released “sometime in 2015.” Is there a more specific date for release yet?

Haha, I would love there to be, but everything is really up in the air right now and I’m not sure if I’ll be releasing the album independently or not. I spend a lot of time fantasizing about how good it will feel when it’s finally out!

Are you a fan of St. Vincent? I find you both similar in many fundamentals. You’re music pulses like hers – artsy, catchy, and gorgeous. I was just a little curious, haha.

I think I’m her number one fan! I cried after I met her, wrote her a super embarrassing card and everything. She’s definitely my heaviest contemporary influence, so much so that I have to remind myself to push my songs a bit away from her sound every so often.

“Jane Eyre” floors me every single time I hear it, and of the 3,600 plays on SoundCloud, I’m sure I’m at least 500 of them. Where does that song come from?

Thank you so much! That song is exciting for me in a lot of ways. It puts some of those long hours in literature classes to use, it was the first song produced for “Kitsch” that really sounded like I wanted it to, and I loved that I started writing on 13 beats per measure and ended up with a pop song. I can’t wait for the video to come out and show it in a whole new light!

Your cover of New Order’s “Age Of Consent” is really incredible, and I usually hate New Order covers. But I have to ask, Joy Division or New Order?  

Well I’m glad I could bend your blasé a bit! New Order all the way.

What was the last album that you purchased? How was it?

Lydia Ainsworth’s Right From Real. It’s practically a dream–if you like orchestral, glitchy pop you have to check it out.

Written by Dylan Tracy

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