Nashville-based alt-pop trailblazer Caroline Romano reveals her highly-anticipated debut album, Oddities and Prodigies, which was released on February 25th.
From misty-eyed ballads to fiery pop-punk anthems, Oddities and Prodigies is a vivid snapshot of Caroline’s personal and musical journey — “this album is everything I know in 16 songs,” she says. From tackling what it’s like to struggle with depression and anxiety to examining first loves and first heartbreaks, Oddities and Prodigies is an all-encompassing look at Caroline’s personal growth and resilience.
“I believe I’ve been writing bits and pieces of this album for my entire life, and as I sat down to summarize it in songs this past year, it fell together like the final pieces of a puzzle. It’s the beginning of the story I’ve been waiting to tell. This is chapter one. At heart, this album is a wrestling match with one’s self. It’s for anyone feeling so alone or feeling like such an oddity that they will never find a way to be themselves while simultaneously being happy. I have been one of those people, but I’ve learned that oddities and prodigies go hand in hand. This album is for those with impossible plans and lonely minds. I hope you find some of yourself in these songs. I have found all of me in them.“-Caroline on the album
Over the past year, Romano has released numerous singles leading up to this brilliant and inspiring debut. Each song allows different listeners to find themselves within the lyrics. Starting off, the title track is reminiscent of early pop-punk, making you feel as though you are the main character in your own 2000s coming of age film. The song shows how “oddities” and “prodigies” can go hand in hand; that the loners and outcasts and crazy ideas can be the most impactful.
In “Ireland In 2009”, Caroline Romano tackles the emotions of young and reckless love. It’s the type of track that embodies the youthfulness of your first love through its lyrics and melody. As each track unfolds, it is clear that Romano is a talented lyricist, similar to that of Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift. Similarly, she takes everyday life experiences and creates beautiful and lyrical pieces that feel as though they are stories unfolding right infant of you.
With “Perhaps It’s Mine”, she wonders if she is to blame for the relationship not working out, fearing that she came on too strong. The piano-led ballad shows the maturity behind Romano’s music and lyrics and the vulnerability of being young and trying to find love.
At just 20-years-old, Caroline Romano has already written and performed into the hearts and ears of an anxious generation. She’s accrued millions of streams across her repertoire and has captured the attention of key tastemakers like Hollywood Life, Just Jared, EUPHORIA and American Songwriter. Her songwriting abilities showcase her witty, introspective and hopeful take on modernity, romanticism and the highs and lows of being young in today’s world.
Overall, Oddities and Prodigies introduces Caroline Romano as a pop powerhouse with a long career ahead. This album is rooted in vulnerability and just tripping along the way as you try to find your place in a changing world. Romano remains honest about the good and bad in her music and lyrics, making each song relatable for listeners.
Make sure to stream Oddities and Prodigies, out now. To keep up with Caroline, follow her on the social media links below.
Oddities and Prodigies Tracklist:
- Oddities and Prodigies
- Panic Attack
- Grocery Store
- I’m Bad
- Ireland In 2009
- I Wish I Had It On Film
- Perhaps It’s Mine
- Lonely Interlude
- The Hypothetical
- I Will Be
- The Apocalypse Song
- Leaving Wednesday