9 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

S. Carey creates music that sounds like it's wandered off the path of his other gig as the drummer and multi-instrumentalist for Bon Iver. Taking the orchestrated beauty of that entity, Carey ventures deeper into the bucolic scenes that are inspired by his love for American naturalist John Muir, whose description of the Sierra Nevada mountain range inspired the title of Carey’s second solo album. Whereas Carey’s solo debut, All We Grow, was largely his own performances, Range of Light invites additional voices (including Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon), strings, woodwinds, and horns to color these often piano-based introspective pieces, all recorded in Vernon’s April Base Studios in Fall Creek, Wis. Carey says this music is informed by his love of jazz, modern classical, and Americana, and it’s easy to hear touches of each in these gentle, atmospheric tone poems. The extra percussion guiding “Crown the Pines,” in fact, sounds a bit out of place when heard alongside such understated pieces as “Creaking,” “Fire-Scene,” “Radiant,” and the sublime “Alpenglow.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

S. Carey creates music that sounds like it's wandered off the path of his other gig as the drummer and multi-instrumentalist for Bon Iver. Taking the orchestrated beauty of that entity, Carey ventures deeper into the bucolic scenes that are inspired by his love for American naturalist John Muir, whose description of the Sierra Nevada mountain range inspired the title of Carey’s second solo album. Whereas Carey’s solo debut, All We Grow, was largely his own performances, Range of Light invites additional voices (including Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon), strings, woodwinds, and horns to color these often piano-based introspective pieces, all recorded in Vernon’s April Base Studios in Fall Creek, Wis. Carey says this music is informed by his love of jazz, modern classical, and Americana, and it’s easy to hear touches of each in these gentle, atmospheric tone poems. The extra percussion guiding “Crown the Pines,” in fact, sounds a bit out of place when heard alongside such understated pieces as “Creaking,” “Fire-Scene,” “Radiant,” and the sublime “Alpenglow.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
43 Ratings
43 Ratings
KevinKeith92 ,

Beauty Remains

As a percussionist studying in a university setting, S. Carey figures to be a cornerstone in my house of inspiration. His "Range of Light" further expands on his minimalist classical/folk/pop style and focuses the energy in a direct, yet warm and welcoming way. To this often-times quiet and nervous-of-the-future human, the album's humanly beauty reminds me there is still much sublimity in the world - maybe, just maybe, more than ever before. From the honest warmth of "All I Want is honesty" on Fire-Scene to the towering and vast "Never-ending Fountain", it is worth every penny. S. Carey is an artist in his own right and write, and is worth a listen from musicians and non musicians alike.

TysonLove38 ,

Amazing Album.

One of the best albums I own. A true masterpiece.

cpksandme ,

Beautiful

Very talented musician, vocalist and songwriter. Something very special.

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