Shannon Carey of Luray will perform in the Washington, DC area. (Shervin Lainez)
“The Wilder”

Kindred spirits: Tift Merritt, Bon Iver

Show: With Kindlewood on Saturday at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. Show starts at 8 p.m. 202-408-3100. $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Banjo-toting District songstress Shannon Carey might have named her band, Luray, after the tiny Shenandoah Valley town, but she reaches beyond the simplistic nature of old-time mountain songs, mixing them with undertones of indie rock experimentation.

On Luray’s debut album, “The Wilder,” the standouts are Carey’s radiant voice, which fluctuates between soothing and soaring, and her melodic banjo strumming. Beneath the surface, though, keyboard layers, subtle electric riffs and well-placed echoes set the mood.

The opening title track and subsequent “What Becomes” are sparse and dreamy, carrying emotional fragility and minimalism reminiscent of Bon Iver’s “For Emma, Forever Ago.” A common thread is production by Carey’s brother Sean, a member of Bon Iver, who undoubtedly helped give “The Wilder” its ethereal glaze.

But Shannon Carey has a background in bluegrass, so she veers the album toward the traditional. “Kalorama,” a country-hued pop song about struggling with the transition to city life, flows with the rustic elegance of an Emmylou Harris tune, while the slide-guitar-accented “Crying” takes a full leap toward the high, lonesome sound that would please fans of Alison Krauss.

The band’s namesake song, “Luray,” is a pastoral folk journey with poignant sentiments about loss and insecurity — proof that Carey has found a fertile route for discovery, both musical and personal.

Jedd Ferris