Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Track of the Day: S. Carey - Fire-Scene

Jagjaguwar, is a label who's output consistently stops me in my tracks. Whether it's Bon Iver's (and more recently Volcano Choir's) seminal debut and self-titled sophomore effort, Sharon Van Etten 2012 masterpiece 'Tramp' or anything from Okkervil River's incredible back catalogue - this label has been responsible for some of my favourite records of the past decade. So when I open an email concerning a new track from Jagjaguwar label-mate S. Carey, I do it with an air of expectation....once more, I am stunned.

Based in Wisconsin, the multi-instrumentalist S. Carey (Sean Carey) gained a name for himself for his work with Justin Vernon - providing thundering percussion and the lush harmonies which gave Bon Iver it's signature sound - however, on new track 'Fire-scene' he makes a statement of intent, illustrating the formidable songwriting talent which he himself poses. Centring around Carey's gorgeous, lofty melodies, delicate finger-picked acoustic guitar, rolling double bass and minimalist piano. There's a panoramic natural beauty to the track. Ambient sounds resembling footsteps through a field of tall grass, and the spaces that stand between, take you away to somewhere truly special.

The track is taken from Range of Light (out March 31st), the songsmith's follow up to his 2010 debut All We Grow. Expect big things.

Range of Light tracklist:
1. Glass/Film
2. Creaking
3. Crown The Pines
4. Fire-Scene
5. Radiant 
6. Alpenglow
7. Fleeting Light
8. The Dome 
9. Neverending Fountain  

The city's fire
Trapped behind the earth
Digging in your deepest dirt
The reddest hue
Reminds you of you
Clinging love and falling true
On and On
All I want is honesty
Tree has snapped
Sparks are flying everywhere
Cables burnt and lines flare
And when the all in all
Comes falling down
It was just an accident
Something you can't help
On and On
All I want is hone.

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