Full disclosure: I have listened to S. Carey’s new record Range of Light dozens of times since its release on both vinyl and digital. It’s one of my favorite releases of the year. So once his Troubadour show was announced, I knew I had to be there.
S. Carey delivered a calming and touching performance with a gentle voice that reminded me of Sufjan Stevens and his Greetings from Michigan period. It felt a bit like an out of body experience being in the audience taking everything in, from the beautiful visuals projected onto the stage to the extraordinary live rendition of songs I’ve largely listened to in headphones by myself like “Fire-scene”, “Creaking”, “Crown The Pines”, and “In The Dirt”, a favorite of mine from his previous record All We Grow. At one point, he transitioned into Death Cab For Cutie’s “Transatlanticism” and also did a lovely Tallest Man On Earth cover for his encore. He was right at home at the legendary venue and the songs were magically brought to life.
The show was opened by indie-roots band The Pines from Iowa (or Minneapolis) and warmed up the room with their soft and atmospheric brand of folk music, with David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey taking turns on vocal duties.