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John Raymond & S. Carey Release New Single and Video “Transient” – New Collaborative Album Due 15th September via Libellule Editions

August 17, 2023
Photo Credit: Kyle Lehman

John Raymond & S. Carey Release 

New Single and Video “Transient”

Collaborative Album Shadowlands out September 15 via Libellule Editions

GRAMMY-nominated trumpeter John Raymond and Bon Iver sideman S. Carey released their video for “Transient,” the newest single from Raymond and Carey’s upcoming collaborative album Shadowlands. So far the full-length has been praised by The New York TimesBrooklyn VeganStereogumFlood Magazine, and Under the Radar, who said “‘Transient’ is the most spacious and ambient of the three tracks shown thus far from the album… Together, the pair finds poignant beauty within the track’s negative space, steeping the track in an understated, unvoiced yearning.” The album was produced by Sun Chung, and will be released on the Libellule Editions imprint of Chung’s Red Hook Records.

What a sublime creation, filled with emotion and reflective attributes. A journey that engrosses the audience from the first introduction, it starts with the piano and the harrowing voyage grows with the additional musicians and the organic tones. This rich ensemble carries such soul as the expressive composition meanders through the shifting intensity, never once letting up the immersive atmosphere that makes this arrangement so vital.

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,” Raymond explains of “Transient.” “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.” This 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. Carey would become the right-hand man for Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver), collaborate with the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Bruce Hornsby among others, and release four albums to critical acclaim from Pitchfork, NPR, and more. Simultaneously, Raymond was carving out a career as an internationally-recognized jazz trumpeter, “steering jazz in the right direction” (Downbeat Magazine) by releasing eight albums of his own and collaborating on many more, including four nominated for a GRAMMY. 

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. An initial round of sessions in 2019 yielded the opening two tracks of the album, but much of the other music was still in experimental form until Raymond shared it with Sun Chung, who was producing for ECM Records at the time. Chung took an interest immediately and came on board to further develop the project. 

The result is Raymond and Carey’s upcoming 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. 

Tracklisting:

1. Morning Prayer

2. Calling

3. Steadfast (ft. Gordi)

4. Transient

5. Chrysalis

6. Hollow

7. Blood Orange

8. Already/Not Yet

9. New Meaning (ft. Gordi)

10. Beholding

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

https://john-raymond.com/

https://scarey.org/

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