From Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs to oodles of TV shows set in the suburban hinterlands, suburbia is a topic oft covered in American music and entertainment. Indie-pop artist Caroline Rose has her own take on the subject in the darkly hilarious song “Jeannie Becomes a Mom,” from her album LONER, which was released in February. Today (Oct. 17), she’s sharing a video for the track, in which the title character fulfills Rose’s predictions of moving outside Topeka, Kan., to assume domestic duties, but not without a few fumbles. You can watch it all go down below.
On LONER, Rose makes the huge leap from country/folk to dark pop satire, which she executes marvelously. LONER is chock-full of humor and absurd characters, including Jeannie, who tries her gosh-darn best to be a good wife and homemaker in the video, but quite literally falls short (with a rainbow Jell-O cake in hand).
Rose herself says it best:
“Jeannie” was my first foray into making really fun, sort of weird pop music. I wrote the whole song, including the programmed drums, on a little digital synthesizer called the OP-1. It felt like a relief making something that still told a serious story but tasted like candy to my ears. It’s a direction I’m definitely going to keep exploring. The story, like life, is meant to be a kind of grotesque, whimsical tragi-comedy. This was especially fun for me because I get to play more of a voyeuristic role, which is how I feel in the narrative of the song itself.
LONER is Rose’s second LP, a follow-up to 2014’s I Will Not Be Afraid. The New York City-based songwriter is also still touring behind the album, in addition to supporting Rainbow Kitten Surprise on several dates, all of which you can find below.
Again, you can watch Jeannie become a mom below. Further down, listen to Caroline Rose’s 2013 Daytrotter Session. Keep scrolling for her tour dates.
Caroline Rose Tour Dates:
17 – Bloomington, Ill. @ The Castle Theater *
19 – Saint Louis, Mo. @ The Pageant *
20 – Fayetteville, Ark. @ George’s Majestic Lounge *
21 – Tulsa, Okla. @ Cain’s Ballroom *
23 – Oxford, Miss. @ Lyric Theatre *
25 – Knoxville, Tenn. @ The Open Chord
01 – Cambridge, Mass. @ The Sinclair
02 – Hamden, Conn. @ Space Ballroom
03 – New York, N.Y. @ Bowery Ballroom
06 – Toronto, Ontario @ Velvet Underground
07 – Ferndale, Mich. @ The Loving Touch
08 – Chicago, Ill. @ Lincoln Hall
09 – Iowa City, Iowa @ The Mill
10 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Turf Club
13 – Louisville, Ky. @ Zanzabar
14 – Columbus, Ohio @ Rumba Cafe
16 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Underground Arts
17 – Washington, D.C. @ Miracle Theater
(* = with Rainbow Kitten Surprise)