KEVIN KRAUTER – ” Surprise “

Posted: December 6, 2019 in CLASSIC ALBUMS, MUSIC
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The latest LP from the Indiana-based songwriter and Hoops member arrives in early 2020 on Bayonet Records (Beach Fossils, Frankie Cosmos). Krauter (who’s been touring with Hovvdy and Caroline Says) tells that the songs find inspiration in his religious upbringing and more recent navigations of self.

Indiana musician Kevin Krauter tackles complicated emotional states and ideas through elliptical songwriting that is at once poetic and truthful. “A lot of the lyrics touch on how I was raised religiously, touch on me understanding my sexuality more and more in recent years,” Krauter says, “just growing up and becoming more confident in myself…that process of looking inward and taking stock of myself.” It’s not especially uncommon for artists to probe deep into their own psyche to uncover what makes them tic, but Krauter’s light touch feels like something all his own.

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On the album’s first single, “Pretty Boy,” he sings, “Look ahead, say I see me now / Smiling at what used to stress me out / Cause it won’t be too long, but I’ll take my time with it / It won’t be too long till I come back home.” There’s a palpable sense of joy in Krauter’s acceptance of dire, stressful moments, and a liberation that comes from hearing him realize that the present will eventually be the past, and he’ll be able to look back and find peace.

releases February 28th, 2020

All songs written by Kevin Paul Krauter

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