Caroline Rose is excited to release their new single ‘Tell Me What You Want’. The track is the latest single from Caroline’s forthcoming album The Art of Forgetting, which will be released on March 24 on New West Records. Today, Caroline also announces that the album will be accompanied by a short film, which fans will have a chance to view on March 23, followed by a live Q&A with Caroline, ahead of a wider release in coming months.
‘Tell Me What You Want’ chronicles conflicting feelings nearing the end of a relationship. Although the album largely deals with regret and grief, loss and change, shame and the inevitability of pain, on ‘Tell Me What You Want’ Roseʼs impish humour pops up unexpectedly: “Iʼm beating my head / Against the dashboard of your compact car / Just tell me what you want / Testing testing / Is this thing on? / Boy, youʼre gonna hate this song / Tell me what you want.” It showcases the kind of dark comedy with which weʼve become familiar in their catalogue, fusing upbeat melodies with hilariously deflating lyrics.
Caroline says: “When I listen to this I really feel for myself during that time. My head was like a cesspool of voices trying to tell me what to do. You know, the end of a relationship can be so confusing. There are all these emotions swirling around and really no handbook. You realise when all your attempts to connect with your partner aren’t working, you either have to find a way to stick it out or leave… and both options suck. I guess this song is about being in that pickle of desperation, between trying to protect yourself and feeling the immense guilt and regret of walking away from someone you love.”
Caroline has worked with director Sam Bennett on The Art of Forgetting short film, which is a loose recreation of real life events. Each of the filmʼs three chapters weave together a story of Rose navigating a transformative heartbreak. The ‘Tell Me What You Want’ video is a chapter of the film; which picks up where the ‘Miami’ video ends.
Caroline says, “It’s strange to recreate things that happened in the past, in the places where they happened, because they are obviously not the same as they were. I was trying to put my finger on this feeling and someone mentioned the Brazilian Portuguese word ʻsaudade,ʼ a sensation that blends nostalgia, melancholy, desire and longing all in one. It was this but (literally) through the lens of a simulation.”