Release Date: Feb 23, 2018
Record label: Jagjaguwar
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Pop, Indie Folk
Justin Vernon has become a bone fide backwoods superstar, but not enough has been written about the solo work of Bon Iver drummer and backing vocalist Sean Carey. A classically trained jazz musician, the Wisconsin workaholic prefers to record projects during Iver touring breaks instead of basking in the frigid chill of his Eau Claire roots. Previous S.
I don't know about you, but I need beauty and comfort right now. The outside world (or the nightly news or your Twitter feed or whatever, pick your poison) feels like an ever-quickening conveyor belt designed to deliver bad things directly to my eyeballs. It's overwhelming. At times like these, I just need to close my eyes and let my ears find beauty and comfort--sounds to soothe the savagery of our stupid times.
In the Winnie the Pooh stories, Pooh and his friends call the Hundred Acre Wood their home. It is a place of love and life, warmth and friendship. Hundred Acres, S..
"Meadow Song", "Rose Petals", "Hundred Acres": Carey's songs tend to lean on images of outdoor scenery. In every landscape, though, is a human silhouette, its outline flexible enough for any listener to fit themselves into. "Yellowstone" isn't an entreaty to visit one of America's most miraculous national parks specifically, but to keep the small miracle of intimacy sparking by going somewhere nice yet nowhere in particular: "We should lose our way/Before we lose our minds." The direction of "True North", a sweet romantic sweep finely detailed with soft snare, strings and slide guitar, snowbanks and frozen lakes at night, is the promise of a forthright and upright future.
A hushed work of chamber folk understatement, Hundred Acres is the third full-length release from Wisconsin singer, songwriter, and arranger S. Carey. Falling somewhere in between 2014's lofty Range of Light and its sparser follow-up EP, Supermoon, Hundred Acres makes a move to pare away some of the denser instrumentation prevalent on Carey's first two albums without abandoning the ensemble feel completely.
Taylor Swift listens to him. Sufjan Stevens had him play on Carrie & Lowell. The song he co-wrote with country star Dierks Bentley generated Oscar buzz, and Will Arnett commissioned him to write a weeper for the Netflix series "Flaked." Nearly a decade into his solo career, it seems longtime Bon Iver drummer and backing vocalist Sean Carey is finally edging past Justin Vernon's very long shadow.