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Kramies / European, The
Album:European, The Collection:General
Artist:Kramies Added:Dec 2011
Label:Hidden Shoal 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2012-03-02 Pull Date:2012-05-05 
Week Ending:Apr 29Apr 15Apr 8Mar 25Mar 18Mar 11

 Recent Airplay
1.May 06, 2012:There and Back Again
Coal Miners Executive Club
4.Apr 08, 2012:Synthesis
Coal Miners Executive Club
2.Apr 25, 2012:The Independent Mind
5.Apr 06, 2012:There and Back Again
The European
3.Apr 12, 2012:Synthesis
Coal Miners Executive Club
6.Apr 01, 2012:Synthesis
Coal Miners Executive Club

Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2012-02-26 
Kramies is a one-man show: an indie/folky singer-songwriter-guitarist with synthesizer. Imagine Donovan sitting in with an 80s synth-pop group. The style here is unusual and interesting: the guitar generally just a strummed acoustic, but the backing keyboard work is rich and orchestral. The guy can sing pretty well too.

No FCC issues.

1 Slow & hypnotic. Vocal is a short, repeated chorus, sung in a trance like mood. In the background, an electronic tone and static. Track ends with these noises fading out. (2:20)

2 * Mid slow. Pop. Good multi-layered male vocal. Simple guitar strumming, but big soaring synthesizers, including both a synth’d string section and an organ tone. (5:25)

3 ** Mid to quick 6/8. Pretty good folk-pop song. Melody is nice; lyrics a bit hard to make out. Synth has a bell-like tone. (3:15)

4 *** Up-tempo & catchy. A happy spirit to it, but also a dreamy & foggy sound quality. A lot going on: syncopated drum machine, a piano for the first time, big soaring synths. By far the most interesting song on the record, a positive lyric, definitely the best vox. (4:15)

5 maybe * Very slow. Again a mix of strumming guitar & space-age synths. A pleasant feeling haze, but a bit tedious. (4:08)

Track Listing
1.Intro 3.Inventors
2.The European 4.Coal Miners Executive Club
 5.Antiquarian Days