Infinity Crush’s Caroline White sings pretty odes to desire on Virtual Heaven | Concert Preview | Chicago Reader

Music » Concert Preview

Infinity Crush’s Caroline White sings pretty odes to desire on Virtual Heaven


Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

1 comment

North Carolina singer-songwriter Caroline White records gentle guitar folk under the name Infinity Crush. She’s cited poets Li-Young Lee and Dorianne Laux as inspirations, and given those cues, you could be forgiven for thinking that she’d be singing nothing but elevated songs about nature and love. To be fair, she does do plenty of that; in “Through the Ashes” she compares herself to a bird and to the sun, and uses imagery of falling snow. But beneath the demure Vashti Bunyan twee there throbs an unexpected Liz Phair horniness. The opening track on her 2019 Virtual Heaven (Joy Void), “Misbehaving,” starts with ethereal meditation before spiraling quickly into lust. “Spin me ’round forever baby / Endless summer, misbehaving / I wanna be good but you make me crazy / Touching my thigh in the back seat baby.” On “Lunar Pull” she uses the inevitable force of gravitation to describe not True Love Forever but a repeated hookup. The catchy, up-tempo “Drive Thru” could almost pass for a Taylor Swift song, if Taylor Swift’s empowerment anthems included explicit descriptions of girl on top. The juxtaposition of flowery poetic conceits and frank concupiscence wasn’t new even when James Joyce or Prince did it, but White’s sweetly earthy odes to desire manage to feel unexpected, smart, funny, and exhilarating. She’s quietly created one of the year’s sexiest albums—and, not coincidentally, one of its best.   v

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  →