Quiet, but loud. Happy, but sad. Old, but new. People can be a multitude of contradictions, and Caroline Romano is no exception. The dynamic alt-pop artist has given us plenty of singles over the years that showcase her range as a songwriter, with songs that are upbeat and carefree to tracks that are more low-key and serious. For her latest release, Caroline focuses on the diversity of her sound, giving us the disparate “Oddities and Prodigies” and “Lonely Interlude.”
The A-side of this double release, “Oddities and Prodigies,” taps into the pop punk vibe that Caroline has displayed in her recent singles. Filled with electrifying melodies and enthusiastic choruses, “Oddities and Prodigies” is an anthem for pessimists and optimists alike. Caroline gets into the unusual attraction she has for anything tragic or impossible, singing, “I’ll make it hard and that makes it art and I fall apart and I love it.” She even goes on to explain,
“‘Oddities and Prodigies’ is my life motto. For me, this song represents the beginning of my story. It’s the first page of the first chapter of this narrative I’m writing. I’ve set out on a quest to spin something beautiful, even if it is often tragic, as I don’t think you can have one without the other.”
The B-side, “Lonely Interlude,” is a prime example of something tragically beautiful, as Caroline previous describes. The acoustic track focuses on the concept of being alone versus being lonely, leaving us to wonder if the simple thought of someone else can fill up that empty space. Caroline goes back and forth on this notion throughout the tender ballad, singing, “Thinking about what’s been going on with you / It’s the only thing that stops what’s going on with me.” In the end, she claims that these thoughts are a good thing and make her feel less alone. You can check it out below.
You can listen to “Oddities and Prodigies” and “Lonely Interlude” on platforms like Apple Music and Spotify.