Hoyas - EP by S. Carey on Apple Music

4 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Sean Carey drums for Bon Iver, he also exists in a parallel musical tableau where he turns out similarly intimate music that differs quite a bit in terms of texture and method. His solo debut, All We Grow, was a beautiful record hinting at his jazz and classical tendencies. On the brief Hoyas, Carey explores more expansive, electronic territory. He uses Auto-Tune as a way of coloring several tracks here with an icy-blue cool hue, embracing the idea of electronic music as something emotionally distant and then partnering it with his breathy voice, gently sparkling percussion, and pastel washes of synths and distorted guitar. The combo makes for a lovely dreamscape on “Avalanche,” and it takes on a sensual, faintly mystical tone on “Marfa.” The opening track, “Two Angles,” is devoid of any Auto-Tuning, and its bewitching ambience (warm and languid beats, muted trumpets) is calming and transporting. Carey worked on these songs over a two-year period with Ben Lester (A.A. Bondy); the EP was produced and mixed by Justin Vernon and Brian Joseph of Bon Iver, a partnership that won a GRAMMY® for Bon Iver.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Sean Carey drums for Bon Iver, he also exists in a parallel musical tableau where he turns out similarly intimate music that differs quite a bit in terms of texture and method. His solo debut, All We Grow, was a beautiful record hinting at his jazz and classical tendencies. On the brief Hoyas, Carey explores more expansive, electronic territory. He uses Auto-Tune as a way of coloring several tracks here with an icy-blue cool hue, embracing the idea of electronic music as something emotionally distant and then partnering it with his breathy voice, gently sparkling percussion, and pastel washes of synths and distorted guitar. The combo makes for a lovely dreamscape on “Avalanche,” and it takes on a sensual, faintly mystical tone on “Marfa.” The opening track, “Two Angles,” is devoid of any Auto-Tuning, and its bewitching ambience (warm and languid beats, muted trumpets) is calming and transporting. Carey worked on these songs over a two-year period with Ben Lester (A.A. Bondy); the EP was produced and mixed by Justin Vernon and Brian Joseph of Bon Iver, a partnership that won a GRAMMY® for Bon Iver.

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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

  • ORIGIN
    Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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