s. carey Hundred Acres (CD, £10.50)label: Jag Jaguwar
More direct than ever, there is a wellspring of confidence in this batch of songs from S. Carey that lays bare the intricacies of life while keeping its ideas uncomplicated. By giving equal status to the indifference of nature and the concerns of a material world - while employing more pop-oriented structures instead of the Steve Reich or Talk Talk-ian repetitions of his past work - a new balance is struck that creates something unique. With support from his longtime collaborators Zach Hanson, Ben Lester and Jeremy Boettcher, as well as new contributions from Rob Moose (yMusic), Casey Foubert (Sufjan Stevens) and Sophie Payten (Gordi).
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