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Music quells pain, anesthetizes anxiety, and quiets the noise. carolesdaughter transmutes turbulence into strangely soothing alternative pop anthems awash in lo-fi glitch, bedroom acoustics, and gutter goth elegance.Like a fairy tale heroine with facial piercings and D.I.Y. spikes affixed to her shoes, she immediately captivates without fear or filter. Amassing millions of streams independently and landing a deal with Arista Records, the 18-year-oldSouthern California singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist born Thea Taylor makes an immediate connection on a series of singles and her forthcoming 2021 debut.“I’ve gone through a lot, and my music is a way to be able to put it into words, talk about it, and desperately attempt to connect,” she exclaims.
“It’s literally my way of coping. Every song is a little puzzle piece of the complete me.”She picked up these pieces over the course of a wildlife so far.The youngest of ten kids born to educator parents, she grew up south of Los Angeles and just north of San Diego in Oceanside, CA. The siblings shared a passion for music, singing together and teaching one another piano.The family’s strict Mormon faith precluded “listening to anything beyond what was on the radio”though. An outsider since birth,Thea shuffled in and out of middle school, spending seventh grade and eighth grade in home school. In the face of various trouble, trials, and tribulations, she eventually attended five different high schools before dropping out. Simultaneously, she developed a diverse musical palette. After seeing a tattoo of the iconic logo, she researched Black Flag online and unlocked the worlds of punk, hardcore, and goth. Her tastes spanned everything from E.L.O., The Doors, and The Carpenters to Christian Death, Crystal Castles, Rico Nasty, Jinjer, and Lil Peep.Around the same time, she started doing drugs, falling down a rabbit hole and taking multiple trips to rehab.“It’s in my genes,” she sighs. “I’ve experienced some pretty traumatic events that steered me towards drugs. I always felt like I didn’t fit in. I found a bunch of people who felt the same way. The last time I went to rehab, I was there for six months, andI had a guitar. I wrote prolifically all the time. It clicked, ‘This is what I was meant to do’. I told myself I would record and release music when I got home.”She made good on this promise and uploaded “wish I wuz dead” to Soundcloud, gaining traction right out of the gate.She chose the name carolesdaughter in honor of her mom Carole.“She’s so different from me, but I admire her so much,” Thea goes on. “She’s an amazing mom to ten kids. I’ve never even heard her curse. She’s only yelled at me like three times in my entire life. Do you know how much I’ve put her through?”After buzzing with “cold bathroom floor” and “my mother wants me dead,” she wrote “violent.” Over a somber beat laden with808s and creaky acoustic guitar, she sang right into her iPhone late one night. She conjured up vengeful lyrics through softly sweet delivery by admitting “Now my nose is filled with powder” and warning, “Don’t make me get violent.”She uploaded it to Soundcloud, and it immediately struck a chord with countless listeners racking up 1.3 million Soundcloud plays. “I was in a toxic relationship when I wrote it,” she says. “I was just fed up, and I released it. It was a real moment. I guess people recognize it.”
With more music to come,carolesdaughter welcomes everyone even closer.“I want people to see me behind the songs and understand a real person wrote them,” she leaves off. “My music is everything to me. carolesdaughter is who Iam.”BOILER carolesdaughter transmutes turbulence into strangely soothing alternative pop anthems awash in lo-fi glitch, bedroom acoustics, and gutter goth elegance. Like a fairy tale heroine with facial piercings and D.I.Y. spikes affixed to her shoes, the 18-year-old Southern California singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist born Thea Taylor immediately captivates without fear or filter. An outsider since birth, she grew up as one of 10 kids in a strict Mormon household. After seeing a tattoo of the iconic logo, she researched Black Flag online and unlocked the worlds of punk, hardcore, and goth. Bouncing between five different high schools, she started doing drugs, falling down a rabbit hole and taking multiple trips to rehab. On the last trip, she made a promise to pursue music upon returning home and ended up making major waves with the single “violent.” Amassing millions of streams independently and landing a deal with Arista Records, carolesdaughter makes an immediate connection on a series of singles and her forthcoming 2021 debut.