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Tuesday was, lets face it, a total nightmare. Sale cabin fever had set in and so when the soothing sounds of this S Carey came on the stereo it had a calming, meditative-like quality despite being a little bit...how you say?.... on the dull side.
S Carey is in Bon Iver but thankfully he isn’t the one who sings. Here he has constructed an album which nestles somewhere in a half-way house between Sufjan Stevens, Grandaddy and Bruce Hornsby. Its easy listening, all glistening piano’s, tasteful electronic tics and gentle whispered vocals. ‘Crown the Pines’ is particularly Sufjan-like, with its Michael Nyman like piano trills, tumbling vocals, lashings of sweet violin and enough emotive yearning to kill a man at 20 paces. He is obviously quite upset about something.
‘Fire Scene’ exemplifies this particularly American style of melancholy, with carefully picked acoustic guitars and lonely piano notes. Beautifully put together and expertly played, it has a little bit of that 80’s dreaminess that fogs the War On Drugs album. Just a little tasteful and safe for these ears, it reminds me of some weepy balladeer from that era and I think, yup, I know its Bruce Hornsby.
8/10 Dale Paul Customer review, 5th December 2017
S. Carey AKA Sean Carey, The lead percussionist and supporting vocalist for Bon Iver returns with his 2nd studio album following the ‘Hoyas EP’.
‘Range of Light’ follows closer to the electronic melodic vibes of ‘Hoyas’ over his debut release ‘All We Grow’.
With ambient euphoric soundscapes and haunting echoing vocals this release plays homage to the sounds of Brian Wilson and Sufjan Stevens.
If you want to turn down the lights, pour a glass of your finest red wine and familiarise yourself with the comforting pops and crackles of a great record, then look no further than this release.
Top tracks; Glass/Film, Fire-Scene & Alpenglow.
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