10 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sean Carey was so bowled over with Bon Iver’s debut, For Emma, Forever Ago, that he listened obsessively to the record and met Bon Iver main man Justin Vernon on tour. Carey convinced Vernon to put him on drums as Vernon developed a full band. This is Carey’s first solo outing, and All We Grow virtually glows with the same kind of delicate ambiance that bewitched fans of For Emma. Carey’s musical interests include both jazz and percussion, and the album feels strongly influenced by modern classical music, with its expansive, architectural palette. The blinking piano notes on tracks like “In the Stream” and “We Fell” confirm Carey’s reported passion for minimalist composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass, and Carey’s controlled, monochromatic vocal planing on “All We Grow” is a study in restraint. Sounds of oboe, strings, keyboards, and weightless percussion are tucked all around Carey’s breathy vocals, and on some tracks, like the blissful “Mothers,” the simple voice/guitar combo is mesmerizing. Carey’s intent is clearly in evoking a mood rather than carving a hook, and All We Grow ebbs and flows with a divine range of contemplative tones. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sean Carey was so bowled over with Bon Iver’s debut, For Emma, Forever Ago, that he listened obsessively to the record and met Bon Iver main man Justin Vernon on tour. Carey convinced Vernon to put him on drums as Vernon developed a full band. This is Carey’s first solo outing, and All We Grow virtually glows with the same kind of delicate ambiance that bewitched fans of For Emma. Carey’s musical interests include both jazz and percussion, and the album feels strongly influenced by modern classical music, with its expansive, architectural palette. The blinking piano notes on tracks like “In the Stream” and “We Fell” confirm Carey’s reported passion for minimalist composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass, and Carey’s controlled, monochromatic vocal planing on “All We Grow” is a study in restraint. Sounds of oboe, strings, keyboards, and weightless percussion are tucked all around Carey’s breathy vocals, and on some tracks, like the blissful “Mothers,” the simple voice/guitar combo is mesmerizing. Carey’s intent is clearly in evoking a mood rather than carving a hook, and All We Grow ebbs and flows with a divine range of contemplative tones. 

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About S. Carey

Wisconsin native Sean Carey honed his considerable chops (he has a performance degree in classical percussion) as the drummer and pianist for Eau Claire-based indie pop sensations Bon Iver. Conceived and composed on the road and executed during tour breaks, Carey’s first solo outing under the moniker S. Carey combined a traditional rock band setup with elements of chamber pop, fusion, and jazz drumming. The meditative and cinematic All We Grow was released on Jagjaguwar on August 24, 2010. An EP called Hoyas appeared in 2012 followed by his second LP 2014's Range of Light, a work inspired by the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Nature is a central theme in Carey's brand of orchestral Americana and in is again reflected in his 2015 EP Supermoon. ~ James Christopher Monger & Timothy Monger

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