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Indiana’s Kevin Krauter releases his debut solo LP, Toss Up via Bayonet Records, Kevin is a member of the band Hoops. Useful Solitude is the phrase Kevin Krauter uses to describe Toss Up, his full-length debut, both the conditions in which it was created and the prevailing theme of these nine iridescent indie-pop songs. In between tours the Indiana musician spent long hours in his basement, guitars and vintage keyboards his only company, and tested out ideas, explored new sonic avenues, savored new sounds, and taught himself how to play a few instruments. Toss Up builds on the sonic worlds of Krauters’ first releases, conveying a similar mood with a greater array of instruments and influences. An insightful songwriter with a lyrical style that is both economical and evocative, Krauter crafts unique soundscapes that scramble a range of influences—‘60s flower pop, ‘70s easy listening, ‘80s New Wave, ‘90s alt-radio, ’00s indie rock. The secret tension on Toss Up, the engine that drives these songs: melody propelled by rhythm, melancholy fended off by the exuberance of simply creating art

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Released June 15th, 2018

All songs written & performed by Kevin Krauter 

Featuring:
Ben Lumsdaine, Synth:Drums: Bass: Guitar:
Keagan Beresford, Guitar:
Kristin Olsen Conga:

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Kevin Krauter is a member of the band Hoops, who released a their debut album last year. Now he’s setting out on his own solo voyage with the debut album Toss Up arriving via Bayonet Records in June 15th.

The first cut to be previewed from Toss Up is the utterly charming ‘Rollerskate’, a song that glides on simplistic dreamy indie guitars and drums, then takes an uptick towards the sky on subtle synth melodies towards its conclusion. Through this dreamy haze, Kevin Krauter relays a tale of relinquishing anger in favour of peace – even though there are trigger points all around him as he makes his way through the day. But Krauter is determined to stay equanimous; ‘Toss Up’ builds on the sonic worlds of Krauters’ first releases, conveying a similar mood with a greater array of instruments and influences. An insightful songwriter with a lyrical style that is both economical and evocative, Krauter crafts unique soundscapes that scramble a range of influences

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“As I slowly rollerskate through a wall of hate/ I was trying to save my soul/ but what’s it for?” Although Krauter often feels overwhelmed by life’s many tribulations, big and small, he still comes out of the other end with a tranquil mindset. Overall, ‘Rollerskate’ is a perfect vessel for this lightheartedness in times of trouble, as it’s absolutely impossible not to feel like you’re swimming through sunshine as you listen to the glistening melodies and Krauter’s playful lyrics like “feel like every single say is a piece of cake/ I was trying to take some home.”

At Every SXSW, there seems to be one band that you can’t stop hearing about, and that honor goes to Hoops—it feels like everyone I’ve run into has listed them among their favorite sets. The band performed at Cheer Up Charlie’s. The indie-pop four-piece didn’t disappoint, serving up slick guitar lines and a welcome reminder as to why their self-titled EP was among our list of last year’s best. Their full-length debut, Routines, was released in May of last year.

Hoops’ full-length debut, Routines is a bittersweet and honest record that sounds both warmly familiar and jarringly distinctive. Whereas their previous releases were recorded on four-track tape machines in living rooms and basements (both their own and their parents’), Routines marks the band’s first sessions in an actual studio – namely, Rear House Recording in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with Jarvis Taveniere (Widowspeak, Quilt). Those sessions, however, were just one step in the band’s careful creative process. After a few months of touring, they returned to Indiana to set up their gear in Krauter’s parents’ basement and began experimenting with the studio-recorded tracks. Some songs they only tinkered with, others they scrapped completely and rebuilt from the ground up. They were determined to make a record that sounded like Hoops. The result is Routines, the sharpest and clearest delineation of the band’s sound thus far, drawing from and emphasizing each members’ distinctive influences and personal styles: four guys making music that is larger than themselves.

Tracklisting :

SUN’S OUT 0:00 RULES 2:50 ON TOP 5:02 BENJALS 8:47 BURDEN 11:07 ON LETTING GO 14:14 THE WAY LUV IS 17:40 MANAGEMENT 19:40 ALL MY LIFE 23:18 UNDERWATER THEME 26:00 WORRY 28:22

HOOPS – ” Routines “

Posted: December 12, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Describing a band as “ Band A sounds like Band B” isn’t ideal; it’s usually more effective to just describe how the music sounds. But in the case of Hoops, they are like “Real Estate meets DIIV” is pretty instructive. This Bloomington, Ind., trio writes beautifully laid-back pop songs that echo the gently rolling melodies of Real Estate, and they decorate them with the kind of hazy, downcast jangle that makes DIIV a joy. Hoops’ 2017 album Routines sounds like perfectly winsome indie-pop submerged in a dreamstate of digital doodads and lo-fi aesthetic—a formula that produces a bucket full of amiable earworms.

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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.

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Amazon is hoping to soundtrack your late-summer road trips with their new Open Road playlist, which features 30 contemporary artists covering various car- and traveling-themed anthems. Artists include Hamilton Leithauser, White Reaper, and the blissed-out Bloomington, Indiana trio Hoops, who offer a dazed, hypnagogic rendition of Prefab Sprout’s “Cars & Girls.” “We chose to do ‘Cars And Girls’ because Prefab Sprout is one of our favorite bands in the whole wide world,” the band explain. “It’s not necessarily our favorite Prefab’s song but it was a whole lotta fun to cover.”

The accompanying music video from Weird Life Films is also a whole lotta fun, hitting that sweet spot between goofy sincerity and winking homage. “After losing a location last minute we ended up barreling over the skyway into Indiana to find an abandoned-ish highway hot under the sun near some oil fields,” says Weird Life Films. “There we took over the concrete strip after letting the oil field security know we weren’t terrorists. Before lastly hitting back to Chicago & wrapping up the foggy shoot as the rain storm hit.

HOOPS ROUTINES

A press release describes Routines as “a bittersweet and honest record that sounds both warmly familiar and jarringly distinctive.” The album marks the band’s first sessions in an actual studio, as opposed to the four-track tape machine-assisted recordings in the living rooms and basements that produced the Hoops EP.

The increase in polish one might expect to accompany Hoops’ first foray into the studio is evident in the irresistibly slick “Rules,” which is loaded with the intoxicating guitar lines and murmured melodies we associate with this outfit. The single is a dizzying head rush that clocks in at just over two minutes and will surely have you pressing play several times in a sitting.

Lo-fi Indiana four-piece band Hoops have blown up over the past two years thanks to a healthy heaping of blogosphere buzz. They’re one of those bands heading to SXSW, Austin this year with strong support from thetastemakers, but not a lot of mainstream recognition. Expect that to change sooner rather than later.

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