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Acclaimed singer/songwriter Pieta Brown has teamed up with Bon Iver’s S. Carey for a new single called “Follow You” that veers confidently into the world of indie-pop. Out now via Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records, “Follow You” is a first taste of new music to come and continues to showcase Pieta’s experimentation with expanding her musical palette and pushing her sonic boundaries. The accompanying video was filmed in Ireland by director Peadar Gill and features actress/dancer Taylor Graham.

“Written in Belgium standing by the North Sea, for me this song is simple,” Pieta told Flood Magazine, who featured the single. “Imagination and connection amidst the chaos! ‘Nature is imagination itself…’ Many of my last recordings have been recorded live all in one room, and this was anything but that! This track started one afternoon in Paris with my friends Bertrand Belin and Thibault Frisoni, and morphed and grew slowly with the help of my friend S. Carey. Sean and mixing engineer Brett Bullion were very instrumental in translating my ideas into sound – and in giving this track some wings!”

“It’s been a real joy helping Pieta stretch out her sonic palette on some of her more recent releases,” said Carey. “And like all of her songs I’ve heard, this one had real legs to stand on and expand upon.”


Pieta enlisted S. Carey to produce her revolutionary new album ‘Freeway’ last year, which was recorded at Justin Vernon’s April Base Studios and also released through Righteous Babe Records. It was marked as her most experimental collection of songs to date, as well as her most confident and direct. It was met with widespread critical acclaim from NPR Music, Billboard, Stereogum, Flood Magazine, Paste, American Songwriter, Folk Alley, and Relix Magazine among many others. 

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The third full-length album from Wisconsin singer/songwriter S. Carey  finds him grounded comfortably in his skin, but still with one foot in the stream. More direct than ever, there is a wellspring of confidence in this new batch of songs that lays bare the intricacies of life while keeping its ideas uncomplicated.

Trained in jazz, Carey’s astute musicianship has never been in question nor taken for granted, and the execution of Hundred Acres‘ new ideas is seamless. He intentionally unburdened himself from a more complicated instrumentation palate for these ten songs, and, in effect, this modification to his approach brings the content of the work much closer to a living reality. By giving equal status to the indifference of nature and the concerns of a material world — while employing more pop-oriented structures a new balance is struck that creates something unique. This in turn provides equal status for the feeling that created each song, and the feeling each song creates. Almost impossibly, there is more air between the bars; Carey and his contributors sway like treetops in the wind, remaining flexible enough that they never threaten to break.

S. Carey“More I See” taken from ‘Hundred Acres,’ out February 23rd, 2018 on Jagjaguwar Records

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In 2010, Sean Carey, under the moniker S. Carey, branched out from underneath the canopy of Bon Iver, and we saw what the singer-songwriter could do when separated from the Justin Vernon-led project. Now, after a pair of studio records and another duo of EPs, he’s getting ready to release “Hundred Acres”, which, per a press release, “finds Carey at his most confident, mature and grounded, writing the strongest songs of his career.” With the album, he seeks to communicate the beauty of simplicity while delving into the poetry of healing personal wounds.

The lead single “Fool’s Gold” showcases a piece of those reflections and gives us a taste of what we can expect from the rest of the album. The track sees Carey’s soothing vocals front and center, over a foundation of acoustic guitar strums decorated with ethereal keys and lilting slide. Carey explains in a press release, “This song is what started the whole record … everything came out of it and the vibe it created.”

Hundred Acres, out February. 23rd via Jagjaguwar, was self-produced by Carey, with engineering and co-production from Zach Hanson and Chris Messina, and boasts music contributions from Gordi, who sings backing vocals on three tracks, Casey Foubert (Sufjan Stevens) and Rob Moose (yMusic) Carey will set out on a tour supporting the album next spring—

S. Carey – “Fool’s Gold” taken from ‘Hundred Acres,’ out February 23rd, 2018 on Jagjaguwar Records