Show Preview: S. Carey at The Mill, Dec. 10

By Heather McKeag

From the beginning, S. Carey has been known for being ostentatious – this is most noted by his work with Bon Iver. Upon hearing that Justin Vernon was looking to expand his one-man project into a full band, S. Carey spent two weeks dissecting For Emma, Forever Ago in his bedroom. He learned the drum and vocal parts; then after approaching Vernon at a show and briefly jamming with him, he was hired on the spot.

Now venturing on his own, it is no surprise that his ambitious solo album All We Grow can be described as haunting, contemplative and awe inspiring. Drawing on his classical percussion degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and his love for jazz percussion, he approaches his music with the clearly heard influences of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Mark Hollis,Bill Evans, Sufjan Stevens and of course, Justin Vernon.

Falling somewhere in between folk and jazz fusion, comes an album that is lush and heavy. By using only a piano, guitar and drums, one may question the richness of this album. However, after hearing such tracks as “Mother” or “Action,” it is easy to be convinced otherwise. With raucous intros, lovely vocal harmonies, poignant guitar licks and prismatic piano melodies, one can’t help but to be drawn into the delicate and seemingly effortless world of S. Carey.

Carey’s live performances have been said to be intimate and spectacular. Touring with a cellist, a percussionist, and a bass player, he will undoubtedly expand on the album’s instrumental and conceptual content and experiment with different sounds.

S. Carey will be playing The Mill Friday December 10th at 9:00pm. Admission: $8 Advance /
$10 Day of Show. Age restrictions: 19+ After 10 pm

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