John Raymond & S. Carey unveil live video for third single ‘Transient’


We´re only a couple of weeks away from the release of Shadowlands, the collaborative album from Grammy-nominated jazz trumpeter John Raymond and Bon Iver sideman S. Carey. Last month they’ve shared the gorgeous and soothing ‘Steadfast’ feat. Gordi and to entice us further, the pair have shared a third heavenly single from the album called ‘Transient’. Speaking about it, Raymond had this to say:

“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.”

‘Transient’ comes with an accompanying video recorded at the Masonic Temple in Eau Claire, WI and it features Aaron Parks on piano, Jeremy Boettcher on bass, and Ben Lester on synth and pedal steel. Watch it below.

Shadowlands is out on September 15th through Libellule Editions

John Raymond & S. Carey share new track, ‘Steadfast’ ft Gordi, from upcoming collaborative record

Photo: Kyle Lehman

Shadowlands is the upcoming collaborative album from Grammy-nominated jazz trumpeter John Raymond and Bon Iver sideman S. Carey. The pair go way back having first crossed paths as students nearly twenty years ago at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Despite knowing each other for a long time, it’s only when Raymond and Carey toured together in 2018 that a collaboration spark was ignited. Comprising ten tracks, on Shadowlands “soaring and anthemic moments are balanced with the intimate and meditative, giving way to a wide range of expression”, as the press release describes.

Following the lead single ‘Calling’, Raymond and Carey have shared a gorgeous and soothing new single called ‘Steadfast’ featuring Australian vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Gordi. ‘Steadfast’comes with an accompanying video made by Ingrid Weise. Watch it below and watch out for the album release on September 15th through Libellule Editions.

Mixtape #119

One of the most extraordinary contemporary musicians out there, the staggeringly talented Austrian percussionist and composer Manu Delago got us under his spell a while back. So much so that his two previous beguiling studio albums, Circadian and Parasol Peak, both made it to our Album Picks of the Year. Highly in demand, he has garnered wide acclaim in recent years performing and recording with an impressive list of artists, including Anoushka Shankar, Björk, Poppy Ackroyd, the London Symphony Orchestra, and many others. A pioneer of the handpan, Delago‘s technical ability and creativity knows no bounds. So we’re over the moon to have him curating this month’s mixtape with an utterly sublime selection of tracks.

  1. Daniel Thorne – From Inside, Looking Out [Erased Tapes]
  2. Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld – Never Were the Way She Was [Constellation]
  3. Douglas Dare – Wherever You Are [Erased Tapes]
  4. Khushi – From Me [Warner Records]
  5. KÁRYYN – Ever [Mute]
  6. 5K HD – 10/15 [fiveK Records]
  7. S. Carey – Rose Petals [Jagjaguwar]
  8. Sufjan Stevens – Fourth of July [Asthmatic Kitty]
  9. Soap&Skin – Italy [PIAS]
  10. Pablo Nouvelle feat. Norma Jean Martine – We Ain’t Dead Yet [Bakara Music / Armada]
  11. The Cinematic Orchestra – Time & Space [Ninja Tune / Domino]
  12. Nirvana – Where Did You Sleep Last Night [Blue Moon Records]

Mixtape #109

We’re sliding into December with the perfect accompaniment for this season, with a warm and gentle mixtape put together by Brussels-based British musician Will Samson. With a penchant for old tape machines and analogue gear, and a falsetto voice of gold, Samson crafts profoundly beautiful and delicate compositions, exploring and navigating the seas of ambient, folk, experimental and electronic music. With a magical and heartfelt new album, Paralanguage, arriving in just a few days, we’re over the moon he compiled this wonderful mix of songs from artists that have inspired him. So dive in and enjoy!

  1. Brumes – I Unfold
  2. Benoit Pioulard – Incalesce [Thesis (2)]
  3. Paleo – 30th November
  4. Florist – What I Wanted To Hold [Double Double Whammy]
  5. Michael Feuerstack – Love Is All Around [Forward Music Group]
  6. S. Carey – More I See [Jagjaguwar]
  7. The Album Leaf – The Outer Banks [City Slang]
  8. Devendra Banhart – Middle Names [Nonesuch]
  9. Gareth Dickson – Two Halves [Discolexique]
  10. Julie Byrne – Natural Blue [Basin Rock | Ba Da Bing!]
  11. Do Make Say Think – Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! [Constellation]
  12. Brumes – Nature Face