It’s hard to stand out against the shadow of your more famous peer. In the case of Wisconsin musician Sean Carey (aka S. Carey), it is the mighty shadow of Justin Vernon that he has to stand out against. While Bon Iver has always unquestionably been the project of Vernon, Carey is very much part of the core group that has brought Vernon’s visions fully to life. His underrated drumming and vocal singing harmonies with Vernon is part of the reason why Bon Iver‘s music is so immersively good.
And now S. Carey is ready to stand out in the limelight. He has already released his debut full length All We Grow back in 2010. With his newest record Range of Light and after years of touring both solo and as a group with Bon Iver, S. Carey appears more confident to really strike out on his own.
Though he doesn’t have the crazy-high beautiful falsetto as Vernon, S. Carey more than makes up for it in Range of Light by utilizing the same haunting atmospheric charms that inhibits the best of the Bon Iver songs. The result is an album that is as auditorially pleasing as the very best of Bon Iver. In the case of Range of Light, Vernon is just (literally) the guest (vocalist) and Sean Carey is the main show.
Watch the video for single Crown The Pines embedded below.
S. Carey – Range of Light comes out 4/1 via Jagjaguwar (order here)