Artists capable of embracing both the organic and the manufactured, the acoustic and the electronic, and do so in a completely natural, unaffected way, are rare. S. Carey, a longtime member of Justin Vernon's Bon Iver, is one of the best. Trained in percussion and piano and an admirer of the impressionistic, minimalism of Steve Reich, Carey creates sumptuous chamber/folk with a deep and complex rhythmic undertow. Like the natural vistas that inspire him, the songs on Carey's new album Range of Light (April 1, Jagjaguwar) display a kind of quiet panoramic vision. The title, he says "denotes the spectrum of light and dark a person can have in their life - peaks and valleys of happiness, sorrow, challenges and growth – for me most recently and more specifically: marriage, having a baby, and maintaining a spiritual connection to nature, place, friends and family as an adult." Click through below to stream "Crown the Pines" (featuring Vernon in vocal support) and watch the video for "Fire-scene."
S. Carey - "Neverending Fountain" (from Range of Light)
S. Carey - "Crown the Pines" (from Range of Light)