S. Carey & John Raymond Bend Genres For Long-Brewing Collaboration ‘Shadowlands’

[Cover photo credit to Kyle Lehman]

Grammy-nominated trumpeter John Raymond and Bon Iver sideman S. Carey have released their video for Transient,” the newest single from Raymond and Carey’s upcoming collaborative album Shadowlands. The album was produced by Sun Chung, and will be released on the Libellule Editions imprint of Chung’s Red Hook Records.

Raymond explains about “Transient”:

In the months leading up to the initial round of recording we did for the album, I started developing an idea for a melody and chord progression that had a really strong feeling to me but no clear direction. No matter what I tried, I couldn’t find the song inside of it. Then, one morning during the sessions, I came to the studio a bit early by myself. I sat down at the piano, started playing the idea, and within thirty minutes the entire song unveiled itself. It was magical. As I played it for the first time, I remember feeling like each phrase had this fleeting, transient quality to it. The song feels like it’s here for a moment and then just vanishes. The more we played it, the more I felt like it was symbolic of the inspiration that all the songs on the record came from.

Their video was recorded at the Masonic Temple in Eau Claire, WI and it includes Aaron Parks on piano, Jeremy Boettcher on bass, and Ben Lester on synth and pedal steel.

For S. Carey and John Raymond, the opportunity to collaborate has been a long time in the making. After meeting as music students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where they studied both Classical and Jazz music, Carey and Raymond’s careers went in very different directions.

The two reunited in 2018 when Raymond sat in with Carey on tour, and they started to float the idea of working on a collaborative project.

The result is Raymond and Carey’s upcoming co-release, Shadowlands, a collection of songs which combine Carey’s aesthetic with the improvisational nature of Raymond’s approach, blending Indie Folk, Jazz, Pop, and atmospheric Electronic music.

John Raymond & S. Carey Tour Dates:

9/29 – Minneapolis, MN: Cedar Cultural Center

9/30 – Iowa City, IA: The James

10/1 – Eau Claire, WI: Masonic Temple

10/3 – Milwaukee, WI: The Cooperage

10/4 – Evanston, IL: Space

10/5 – Ann Arbor, MI: The Ark

10/6 – Bloomington, IN: FAR Center for Contemporary Arts

10/26 – Newport News, VA: Ferguson Hall

10/29 – Brooklyn, NY: National Sawdust

10/30 – Philadelphia, PA: MilkBoy Philly

10/31 – Northampton, MA: Parlor Room

11/1 – Boston, MA: The Red Room

11/2 – Durham, NH: University of New Hampshire

11/3 – New Haven, CT: Firehouse 12

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