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CARM, the collaborative project presented by CJ Camerieri, horn player for yMusic and sideman for Bon Iver, Paul Simon, The National and more, has unveiled the first two tracks, “Essex Girl” and “More and More,” off his second album, CARM II, due out on Oct. 21 via 37d03d, the label founded by Justin Vernon, Bryce and Aaron Dessner. 

The audio for “Essex Girl” is included in today’s release, an instrumental triumph clocking in at under two and a half minutes and layered with immaculate sonic texture. The track features Kristian Matsson of The Tallest Man on Earth on banjo and guitar, adding to the song’s massive build, reminiscent of a large orchestra display with unique bluegrass twang. Also included on the track are Sean Carey on drums, bassist Cole Davis, violinist Tim Fain and cellist Gabe Cabezas.

In addition to “Essex Girl,” CARM has also presented the official music video for the second track off his forthcoming album, “More and More,” featuring Edie Brickell. The video was shot outside on an overcast beach day in Montauk, N.Y. The video displays flashes of nature paired with tapings of the musicians who deliver the unparalleled melody. In a press release, Brickell offered, “I just listened to him and followed his lead, trusted what came to mind, and sang it. It all flowed from his music.” 

Overlapping images coincide with the lyrics “more and more” to create a sense of visual poetics partnered with dramatic instrumentals and capped by Brickell’s signature sultry vocals. Moreover, Camerieri’s lead on the trumpet takes center stage as the instrumentals riff off the Atlantic Ocean waves. CARM’s official music video for “More and More” is available to stream now. Watch it below. 

Stream “Essex Girl” and “More and More” now.