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Bon Iver won me over immediately when I first heard “Skinny Love” years ago on a Paste CD Sampler when they actually included it in EVERY issue. Now it’s digital if I’m not mistaken. Those were the days..
Bon Iver eventually became more then Justin Vernon and now consists of Michael Noyce, Sean Carey, and Matthew McCaughan. There’s a nice story about Carey joining the band which says he actually approached Justin during one of his first shows saying he could sing and play all of the songs. He proved himself worthy and Vernon let him on board.
“In The Stream” is the second song I have heard from Carey’s upcoming debut release, All We Grow, expected to drop August 24th. It’s delicate and starts with minimal instruments. Then S. Carey’s voice comes in, very softly and lulling. The kick drum starts a minute later and soon the tempo and emotion builds. The female back up vocals are a nice touch along with the strings, which fills the song out more towards the end.
This is honestly just a pleasant, soothing song, much like the rest of his music. Listen to “In the Dirt” as well. It’s a much more intense song, a little different, and a little less natural. More production and layering went into this song, but it’s still beautiful.
S. Carey is showing he is more then just the back-up singing, drummer for Bon Iver.
He is so much more.
He creates interesting percussion with his heavy jazz roots, and takes you on an incredibly passionate musical journey. I’m excited to hear the entire album from start to finish. Trust me on this guy.
And with that, I’ll leave you all with a snippet from his last.fm page giving you even MORE reason to go out and spread the love.
“All We Grow is a classic album born without expectation and met with adoration – a cathartic result of Carey’s extraordinary and vibrant life experiences that resonates loss, dreams and heart in a manner so instantly relatable, you feel as though you can touch it.”