S. Carey is a favorite here at Now It's On. Both his 2010 debut All We Grow and last year's masterpiece Range Of Light placed in my Top Twenty Albums of their respective years. I'm still kicking myself for missing his concert here locally at The Pike Room in Pontiac last year, given my adoration for Range Of Light. Now Carey has released his second EP, the beautifully intimate Supermoon.
Supermoon offers a look back at Carey's first two full lengths as four of its six songs are re-imaginings of tracks from those albums. Here, they are stripped bare in gorgeous new versions. Both "We Fell" and "In The Stream" from his debut are re-done here as piano and string pieces, with Carey's vocals sounding vulnerable and reflective. One of my favorite songs off Range Of Light, "Fire-scene", is presented here in an alternate piano version that, as hard as it is to believe, is more beautiful than the original acoustic guitar based recording. This version is so intimate, you'd swear Carey is right there in your living room performing for you, simply stunning.
"Neverending Fountain" is the other Range of Light song presented here in a new version, also superb when reduced to piano and vocal. Of the remaining two songs, the title track is brand new, another lovely piano ballad, while the EP closes with an enchanting remake of Radiohead's "Bullet Proof... I Wish I Was", re-done to fit in with the rest of the EP's material with piano and strings. Supermoon offers 27 minutes of restrained beauty from an artist who continues to mesmerize with every release.
Favorite tracks: "Fire-scene" (Alt. version), "Bullet Proof...I Wish I Was", "We Fell" (Alt. Version)
Supermoon was released February 17, 2015 on vinyl and as a digital download via the Jagjaguwar label.