“SONG FOR EWE”
with CAROLINE SALLEE aka CAROLINE SAYS
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day.
Today it’s a singer/songwriter originally from Alabama, now based in Austin, Texas (Home of SXSW) about to give a previously cassette only debut album “50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong” a full release on Western Vinyl, next week ahead of a brand new second album early next year.
Caroline Sallee is clearly entranced by Anglophilic indie and C86 jingle-jangle meets West Coast surf slacker and has a vocal style akin to Laetitia Sadler meets Best Coast or Allo Darling. It’s winsome, sure, but it sure should win some new fans over. Me included. We’re pleased to welcome to VS, Caroline Says!
Wearing her influences on her azure Pacific-like sleeves, here’s what Caroline Says about her song choice, an obscure deep cut by well known and unsurprising heroes:
“I loved the song “Velocity Girl” by Primal Scream after downloading the C86 compilation when I was around 18. I decided to check out more Primal Scream, thinking they were a jangle pop band. I quickly learned that many of their songs, especially the later ones, don’t sound much like “Velocity Girl”. But I somehow came across “The Orchard” on Youtube and I was immediately captivated and I couldn’t stop listening to it. The Youtube title was actually “The Orchard (Aborted 1st single)”.
It was a beautiful pop song, but sounded like whoever transferred it onto a computer had never recorded anything before. It sounds like it’s coming from an old tape player clipping at max volume.
I looked for better quality versions of it and it doesn’t seem like any exist on the internet. At first this bothered me, but in a way it also added to the feeling that I had made a great discovery. The fact that it’s called the “aborted first single” combined with the bad quality of it has always made me imagine it was sitting on a cassette for years on a shelf, and someone found it and cleaned the dust off of it and put it on the internet real quick before it was forgotten about forever.”