S. CAREY/ WILL SAMSON,
The Haunt, Brighton 28.9.18
Will Samson is an ethereal, electro-charged wizard. Hailing all the
way from Oxfordshire, with his female violinist, the duo create a
peaceful ambience to get lost in, even when the tracks are over six
minutes long. His mainly falsetto vocal begs for a bit more variety
but doesnt detract from the beauty of what he is creating and
he seems very humble as a performer, which is endearing, adding to
his appeal as an artist. His most recent single Calescent
stands alone as a deep thinking message to your mind. And Will Samsons
music does what all music should do, transporting a listener beyond
a psychological connection, instead getting into your soul. I need
to listen to him again to fully appreciate it. Very nice.
The plus one actually prefers him to S. Carey (yes, Sean Carey - the
drummer and collaborator of Bon Iver; no, I didnt realise that
at first either). To be honest, both songwriters create a very relaxed
mood, using melody to convey a subtle, enveloping emotion, which I
personally find quite dreamy. With a full band as a backdrop to a
soft breathy vocal, Careys folky, indie pop master class is
the soundtrack to your favourite road trip, or at least the perfect
background music to a TV drama where the lead couple has had a serious
moment and are driving somewhere, perhaps one of them looking whimsical.
There is probably rain delicately falling too.
But this sounds like Im taking the mickey. And Im not.
I genuinely really like this. Its easy to see why Carey has
been compared to Fleet Foxes, Jose Gonzales and Sufjan Stevens. It
takes me somewhere else. Yes, the word pleasant was invented
for music like this and its by no means smacking you in the
face with originality but such simple song writing is like a good
hug - exactly what I need as we approach Autumn, offering light and
warmth when it is dark and a bit nippy. Playing material from throughout
his decade-long career as a solo artist, S. is as comfortable holding
a guitar as he is plonking a piano, bantering with his band, harmonising
beautifully, engaging the audience to create an intimate and friendly
atmosphere and the world outside seems a world away for one short
hour or so. Taylor Swift is apparently a fan. I will listen to him
while walking along a windswept beach, pretending that I have sand
instead of shingle.