kevin krauter – “pretty boy”

– featured image courtesy of michael newsted –

not much time has passed since kevin krauter released his excellent full-length, toss up, but the indiana songwriter is already putting the finishing touches on a follow-up effort.

in the meantime, krauter is gearing up for a brief tour of the mid-atlantic and midwest with soccer mommy next month, venturing out with a new single in tow. “pretty boy” is a one-off, the result of explorations in musicianship and shifts in personal perspective.

still retaining krauter’s unmistakable aesthetic, “pretty boy” is a commendable stop-gap in between larger bodies of work. listen in below.

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spissy – “radio” b/w “good for me”

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spissy, the bloomington duo of ben lumsdaine and aaron denton, have been culling indelible pop songs tinged alternately with psychedelia and americana for a minute now; the band’s self-titled debut full-length landed in march of 2016 while a follow-up extended play, easy mirror, arrived at the top of last year.  after a slight hibernation, spissy have reemerged with “radio” b/w “good for me,” a pair of breezy, saturated singles effortless in their delivery.

“radio,” a synth-driven tour de force propelled by lumsdaine’s drumming and the instantly-recognizable wobble of a wurlitzer, is a perfect vessel for denton’s testament to the familiar and comforting.  the timbre of its outgoing synth solo dovetails nicely with the opening bars of “good for me,” an expansive mid-tempo ballad masquerading as a funk exercise.  as syncopated guitar interjections cascade into a wash of keyboard pads on the song’s refrain, denton wields the title as a hesitant question, gently repeating it as the track fades away.  taken together, the two singles are a cogent presentation of a songwriting duo that has further solidified over the past eighteen months and are hopefully a precursor to forthcoming spissy material.

“radio” b/w “good for me” is out today via winspear.  take a listen to the two tracks below.

kevin krauter – “suddenly”

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kevin krauter is poised to turn in one of the summer’s finest albums.  the indiana singer-songwriter – who also spends time in the bloomington-based band hoops – is prepping the release of toss up, a stellar collection of tunes that doubles down on the breezy intimacy of his wonderful 2016 extended play, changes.

the album’s third single, “suddenly,” is as robust as its predecessors.  slightly melancholic, “suddenly” finds krauter winding a vocal melody through an arpeggiated guitar ostinato, a lilting effect compounded by the woozy, vibrato-tinged synth motif that echoes the track’s main hook.  taken alongside “rollerskate” and “keep falling in love,” krauter’s latest offering is another compelling glimpse of this songwriter’s gifts, proof that the simplest structures can be among the most affecting.

toss up arrives june 15th via bayonet records.  listen to “suddenly,” below.

kevin krauter – “keep falling in love”

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kevin krauter’s upcoming full-length, toss up, has all the trappings of a quintessential summer album: timeless singer-songwriter cuts delivered in a breezy, mid-tempo capsule.  after sharing the album’s lead single, “rollerskate,” at the top of last month, krauter returned earlier this week with its follow-up, “keep falling in love.”

anchored by spacious acoustic piano chords and syncopated guitar and synth interplay, “keep falling in love” is an earnest ode to loved ones enveloped in a relaxed soft rock exterior.  an accompanying music video, shot by krauter and friends over the course of a midwest road trip, chronicles the bliss and tenderness of companionship, clips of breakfasting, dancing, and celebrating stitched together into a nostalgic collage.

toss up arrives june 15th via bayonet records; watch the music video for “keep falling in love,” below.

kevin krauter – “reckless”

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kevin krauter plays bass and sings in the bloomington, indiana, dream pop outfit hoops, but he also released a stunning six-song collection, changes, under his given name late last year.  consuming that body of work immediately would be ideal.

while each track on changes holds its own as a singular achievement, it’s “reckless,” the album’s fourth cut, that has received music video treatment.  like the song it accompanies, hugh sherman donkin’s visuals are sparse but impactful; krauter is filmed alone in various parts of an older building – a gymnasium; a stairwell; a loveseat – either playing or miming the various components of “reckless.”  the poignancy of the audio and video truly coalesce in the final moments, with krauter departing as a harmonized piano motif gently drifts off into the ether.

changes is out now via winspear.  watch the clip for “reckless” below.