An obsession with money, a lover sleeping with someone else, a friend accidentally getting pregnant, misogyny, loneliness, death…This is just some of the lighthearted subject matter that make up Loner – the whimsical, darkly comedic second album from songwriter / producer Caroline Rose. Armed with an arsenal of new instruments and equipment, an ever-growing sense of “ahhh fuck it”, two years of exploration, and a wicked sense of humor, Rose delivers a set of serious songs wrapped in a sprightly, angsty pop burrito. Because, as Rose puts it, “Sometimes sad songs just need a cocktail.” Loner captures the cheeky satire, comical musings, and often jarring mood swings – sometimes goofy, sometimes emotional – that make up much of Rose’s personality. “I call it Schizodrift ,” she says sipping on a martini with her pinky out. “I want to make music that sounds as manic as I feel.” Filled with catchy synth hooks, Doors-esque Farfisa, surfy guitar, punky attitude, and depth of thought, Loner captures the energy of bands like Le Tigre and The Cramps, the style of Blondie and Devo, the artsy folk of Kate Bush and pop hooks of icons like Justin Timberlake.