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John Raymond x S. Carey present “Shadowlands”

October 3, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

For longtime Bon Iver sideman S. Carey and Grammy-nominated jazz trumpeter John Raymond, the opportunity to collaborate has been a long time in the making. “Even though our musical worlds were different, I always felt like there would be something there if we got together,” says Raymond. Carey adds, “When we talked about the idea of working on a record, just kind of seeing what our sounds combined would add up to, I knew there was a lot of potential. What started out as just an experiment ended up turning into something really special.”

The result is their new co-release, “Shadowlands,” a stunning, gorgeous collection of songs uprooted from simple genre descriptors. Recorded in the woods of Eau Claire, Wisconsin where the two met almost twenty years ago, the music combines the warmth and beauty of Carey’s aesthetic with the improvisational, spontaneous nature of Raymond’s, blurring the lines between indie folk, forward-thinking jazz, lush pop, and atmospheric electronic music. Soaring and anthemic moments are balanced with the intimate and meditative, giving way to a wide range of expression. Surrounding Carey’s breathy vocals and Raymond’s lyrical horn is an earthy sonic landscape that blends acoustic and electronic textures effortlessly, and the subtle, electric moments of musical interplay throughout the album repeatedly invite you deeper into their new musical world.

“There’s this homey yet ethereal quality about the music,” Raymond says. “It feels like a place you have a lot of history with, where you can let down your guard and just be in the moment. You start to notice all the little things, taking in the nuances, and ever so quietly that moment becomes something transcendent.”




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