Sandcastle Man

by Luray

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Sandcastle Man EP was recorded at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington, DC, on a day that the club was dark. Both songs feature drummer, CJ Wolfe on mbira (also known as a thumb piano), which he brought back to Richmond from trips to South Africa. 'Sandcastle Man' is adapted from a simple South African folk melody, with fable-like lyrics and an interlocking banjo and mbira drone.

The other two songs on the EP include a new version of What Becomes (from debut album, The Wilder) redone and reimagined for mbira; and a remix of Sandcastle Man by Richmond-native and ambient musician, Snowpanda (aka Gabe Churray) who has toured with Matthew E. White and has done remixes for S.Carey and Bon Iver.


released November 17, 2015



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Luray is banjo-inspired indie rock created and performed by Shannon Carey. With production help from brother Sean Carey (of S. Carey and Bon Iver), 'The Wilder' creates strange bedfellows of sound. Banjos, vibes, pedal steel, and ambient vocals make up this bluegrass-trained songwriter's unique approach to making music, and the result is somewhere between Iron & Wine and Emmylou Harris. ... more


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Track Name: Sandcastle Man
Meet me by the rock said the beaver to the fox
I've got a secret only for your ears
Best plans may be made
Best plans may be laid
You've gotta know
You've gotta know
How to find your way back home

I once knew a fish swimming upstream on a wish
He would find his one and only love
Yes he was aware of the rapids and the Bears
he already knew what he had to do
Baby you ought to know
How to find your way back home
Track Name: What Becomes (mbira)
here in the quiet of the oldest thing we know

still in the science of the wider sea below

what becomes

what becomes

what becomes

here in the solid arc too broken for a view

still in the shadow of the frozen pose of you

what becomes

what becomes

what becomes

here in the purest form the robin sails so low

still in the knowledge of the hush before the close

what becomes

what becomes

what becomes