Carey Mercer’s voice is an imperative instrument.  Regardless if you like his style or not, it is an immediately recognizable one, and the degree to which people agree or disagree on that is precisely why he is such a powerful singer.  You can’t not feel something when you hear him.

His shaky vibrato brings David Thomas (of Pere Ubu) to mind, another orator/sorcerer and wielder of the vocal chord.  My advice to any Frog Eyes beginner would be to give it a few listens.  I actually heard ‘The Road is Long’ last week and didn’t care for it, but listened again today and had the opposite response.  Maybe it was the orange sherbet I had just eaten, but maybe it’s that ‘deserted road’ guitar swoon…and it’s definitely Mercer’s voice.  It’s a hard one to forget.

For those of you that may have found a stray $50 hidden in your couch, Paper Bag Records is also offering a vinyl box that includes a book composed of essays by Mercer, a signed poster and a t-shirt.

The Details


Just two days after Carey Mercer completed the final mixes for the he received a call from his doctor telling him that he had throat cancer. He had been working on the album since 2010 and chose to self-release the record through Bandcamp.

News like this has a way of understandably overshadowing the music itself, and, thankfully, Mercer's cancer seems to be departed, leaving us the opportunity to appreciate the record without such a dire context. The joy here is tripled: he's not going to die, and, as a bonus, the record is awesome. And these victories are made even sweeter with the addition of tour dates.

Mercer explains that Carey’s Cold Spring is not only built from personal experiences but also from what he saw over the last three years of recording: riots, storms, mass protests, the dissolution of any collective faith in our political and economic institutions. But it's not all doom and gloom: He describes the record's duality: “deeply fearful, almost paranoid, the sound of a person grinding his or her teeth in the night. But just a part of it. It’s also the sound of the birds in the morning, I hope”.

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