Three years ago, Bryce Dessner, the multi-instrumentalist from the National who’s always working on avant-garde side projects, composed a whole album called Music For Wood And Strings. The idea behind the album was that Dessner was composing for chordsticks, a hybrid instrument that basically amounts to an electric guitar played like a hammer … More »
What, you think I’m not going to take another opportunity to alert you to Gordi’s brilliance? When the young Australian Artist To Watch delivered her debut Reservoir last year, it lived up to the promise suggested by her stunning early singles, which situated her in the lineage of Bon Iver’s vast future-folk landscapes … More »
The Bon Iver member S. Carey is about to release his solo album Hundred Acres, and he’s just dropped the video for the strummy, pretty single “More I See.” The clip opens with a confused motorist pulling Carey from the wreckage of a car crash. He brings Carey home and temporarily makes him a … More »
Bon Iver member Sean Carey is releasing a new album, Hundred Acres, next month. Over the past few months, we’ve heard its lead single “Fool’s Gold” plus non-album tracks like the holiday-themed “Still, Still, Still” and “Brassy Sun,” which he wrote for the Netflix series Flaked. Today, he’s shared the second Hundred … More »
When he’s not drumming and singing for Bon Iver, S. Carey is crafting airy indie folk. Last month, he shared the warm lead single for his upcoming album, Hundred Acres. He comes to us today with a conversely chilly song that’s not on the record. “Still, Still, Still” is beautifully layered and atmospheric, ringing … More »
Bon Iver member and fellow widescreen prog-folk craftsman S. Carey returned last spring with “Brassy Sun,” a track written for Netflix’s Flaked that also heralded the arrival of a new Carey album in 2018. Many months later, 2018 is almost upon us, and therefore so is the new album. Today we learn all the … More »
You Have No Idea, Man is a record that was made in the dead of winter in Eau Claire, Wisconsin by two brothers who now live on opposite sides of the country. In those moments spent together, the brothers have created a piece of work to assuage the frigidness of the outside, drawing from the warmth of acoustic guitars, shimmering synths and reflections upon love that has come and gone.
The title of the EP, You Have No Idea, Man begs for a response. No idea about what? Is it the sinking feeling that comes with an unbearable to desire to be with someone who doesn’t feel the same way? Is it the self-doubt that accompanies rejection? If you couldn’t empathize with these feelings before, Edwin shapes a world that presses you to confront them head on.
The EP, produced by S. Carey (Bon Iver) and Brian Joseph (Sufjan Stevens, PHOX), is characterized by live rock instrumentation mixed with subtle electronic elements and natural samples, echoing the sounds of familiar places that become haunted when dealing with heartbreak. There are beautiful moments throughout the record of rising melodies and soothing harmonies, like soft waves under a sailboat, carrying us so smoothly through this emotional journey. The second song on the record, “Let’s Both Agree,” ends with the lyrics, “let’s both agree to wait and see,” a line that leaves a trail of tension, like a lingering unanswered question. The next song is appropriately titled “Waiting,” a piano ballad that sits on the border of dedication and craving for someone so slightly out of reach. The EP comes full circle with the energetic and reflective release in “I’ve Only Gone,” when the lyrics claim a new understanding, singing, “I quickly learned under the pressure I’m the one who needs support.”
This record is an intimate account of self-realization that grows deeper and wider with every listen, until you find yourself completely subsumed in it. Through these listens we recognize our own “Uncontrollable Pride,” our need for patience, our bad habits, our self-worth, our dedication and our dependency. By the end, you’ll definitely have some kind of idea, man. Make sure to stream the EP above and catch Edwin on their West Coast tour.
11/9 – Portland at Mississippi Studios
11/10 – Seattle at High Dive
11/12 – Mar Vista at Sofar
11/14 – San Diego at Soda Bar
11/15 – Los Angeles at Hotel Cafe
I once got busted trying to steal a magazine from my hometown library. The 8/8/91 issue of Rolling Stone apparently had one of those sensors on the last page and it beeped from my backpack on the way out. I was gonna bring it back. I just wanted to take it home to read the … More »
Our First 100 Days, the 100-day anti-Trump charity project from the Secretly Group and 30 Days, 30 Songs, gave us two of the past week’s five best songs. And now it’s given us another good one in the form of “Come To Me,” an eight-minute track from Bon Iver’s S. Carey … More »