Review: S.Carey with support from Rue Royale, Norwich Arts Centre
15:22 22 May 2014
A near sell-out, an appreciative audience ambled in for this mid-week gig of airy vocals and ambient sounds.
Carey, a vocalist and percussionist with the Grammy award winning American outfit Bon Iver, brought his own band of multi-instrumentalists to Norwich and kept idle chit chat to a minimum while they showcased stirring arrangements that combined beautiful piano with soft harmonies, warm lyrics and climactic drumming.
While some layers got a little lost, these songs were complex soundscapes, with small and tender moments, crashing waves and purposeful silences. The singer-songwriter explained it better than I can when he told an interviewer that “you can hear the patience” in his music.
Carey recently posted pictures online corresponding to each song on his new album, Range of Light - a record inspired by natural beauty and landscape. Maybe projected images on stage would have enhanced the experience of hearing them live, but even without he has created something intriguing his fans will return to again and again.
Support for Carey’s band came from the impressive Nottingham-based duo Rue Royale.
Another act with a knack for creating a sparse yet still rich sound, they stirred together samples, sumptuous harmonies and elegant guitar and piano and the result was a fresh melodic sound.
Stumbling upon such an act by accident is what makes live music and arts melting pots like the Norfolk and Norwich Festival worth the effort. A day after watching them on stage, Rue Royale had made their way onto my iTunes account.
• The gig was part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival which runs until Sunday.