“It’s rare to find dream-pop that resolves with such assured optimism, in which you can sense experience shifting into its proper place… Kramies seems to have mastered the talent of simply breathing it into shape” – Misfit City
Dutch-American singer-songwriter Kramies has been honing his inimitable craft for many years, bewitching all who have heard his music along the way. Fusing masterful songwriting with electronics and atmospherics, stepping into a Kramies song means being swept up into an emotionally resonant vortex of swooning pop that simply demands repeat listens.
Everything The End (Single)
Crossing boundaries between eerie, mythical scenery and dreamy, fairytale-laden folklore, ‘Everything The End’ is the official single off Kramies’ new EP, Of All The Places Been & Everything The End, due out on Hidden Shoal this October 2018.
I Wished I Missed You (Single)
In the spring of 2017, Kramies travelled to Shankill Castle, Ireland where he started writing new songs for an upcoming album. While writing, he created a selection of B-side songs alongside songs for a new album. A few of these B-sides were demoed in this historic castle while using simple equipment to capture the ancient environment. Kramies’ new single “I Wish I Missed You” is one of these songs.
Into The Sparks (Single)
A duet with French singer-songwriter Alma Forrer, ‘Into The Sparks’ is a gorgeous anti-gravity ballad. Kramies and Alma’s voices reverberate amidst open acoustic guitar chords, backed by aching synths. The release also includes a stripped back acoustic version of the single.
Recorded live on April 8th 2015 at The Grand Théâtre in Angers, France
On a spring evening in 2015, the setting sun cast deep shadows over The Grand Théâtre in Angers, France, where Kramies was due to play to a sold-out crowd. As the 700 ticket-holders took to their seats and the theatre dimmed to a single amber light, Kramies walked on stage to perform his haunting, romantic songs. This is a recording of that night.
forêts antiques is the new live EP by singer-songwriter Kramies, featuring recordings of tracks from his acclaimed EPs, plus a previously unreleased song.
The Fate That Never Favored Us
Ahead of his forthcoming French tour, dream-pop troubadour Kramies has dropped another gorgeous track produced by Jason Lytle (Grandaddy). ‘The Fate That Never Favored Us’ is a lilting, swaying cosmic waltz, delicately built around melancholy acoustic guitar and eerie synths, through which Kramies weaves his languid vocals. As with so much of his music, Kramies delivers soundtracks to moments rather than mere songs.
The Folklore Sessions
The Folklore Sessions is the free new EP by dream-pop singer-songwriter Kramies, featuring acoustic versions of songs from his two acclaimed Hidden Shoal EPs The European and The Wooden Heart, plus the beautiful piano talents of Grant Wilson (from Syfy’s Ghost Hunters). While his previous EPs mined a wonderfully rich seam of atmospheric yet epic songcraft, The Folklore Sessions demonstrates that Kramies’ songwriting is just as stunning without the undeniable production talents of Jason Lytle (Grandaddy) and Todd Tobias (Guided By Voices, Robert Pollard, Circus Devils). With just his voice and acoustic guitar, plus languid piano backing by Grant Wilson (of Ghost Hunters TV show fame), these stripped-back versions of The European’s ‘Antiquarian Days’, The Wooden Heart’s title track and ‘Sea Otter Cottage’ are given vivid new life through Kramies’ genuinely affecting performances.
The Wooden Heart
The Wooden Heart is the luscious and expansive new EP from Colorado-based dream-pop artist Kramies. The EP features the production and instrumental talents of Jason Lytle of Grandaddy fame, along with the inimitable production and additional instrumentation of Robert Pollard co-conspirator Todd Tobias. The Wooden Heart mines a wonderfully rich seam of atmospheric yet epic songcraft that Kramies has made his own. From the throbbing ambient introduction of ‘The Beginning’ through to the delicate folk of ‘The Ending’, Kramies’ new EP covers vast emotional and musical terrain during its 23-minute run-time. The title track’s windswept grandeur is married to an emotional directness that demands your attention and doesn’t let go, ‘Sea Otter Cottage’ sways and swoons with an almost unbearable poignancy, and ‘Clocks Were All Broken’ both alludes to and embodies this music’s timeless appeal. In addition to Todd Tobias’s production (on ‘The Beginning’, ‘The Wooden Heart’, ‘Upon The Northern Isles’ and ‘The Ending’), The Wooden Heart EP also features the production and instrumental talents of Jason Lytle of Grandaddy fame (on ‘Sea Otter Cottage’ and ‘Clocks Were All Broken’). Rounded out by the beautiful artwork of French photographer Jérôme Sevrette, The Wooden Heart EP is a lovingly constructed work of art.
Produced by Todd Tobias (Guided By Voices, Robert Pollard, Circus Devils), The European sets Kramies’ gorgeous voice and acoustic guitar within a glowing tableau, epic in scope yet delicate in detail. The EP fades into view with ‘Intro’, a simple cyclical pattern of guitar, piano and vocals gradually subsumed by drones and distortion. This leads into the majestic, glacial sway of the title track, guaranteed to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. Then, ‘Inventors’ is the album’s dark, shadowy heart, a ballad of subtle intensity. Single ‘Coal Miners Executive Club’ is an emotionally resonant vortex of swooning pop built around an absolutely heartbreaking chord progression on synthesizer, carried skyward as layers and layers of instruments build and build. And the closing ‘Antiquarian Days’ is a fitting fade towards a sepia horizon, burbling loops and chiming guitars accompanying Kramies’ gentle lament.
Dutch-American singer-songwriter Kramies Windt began writing songs at the age of 14 after buying his first synth, acoustic guitar and four-track cassette recorder at an estate sale in his home town of Cleveland, Ohio. Even though he was never really exposed to any music other than old Dutch Christmas records his family had lying around when he was a kid, their haunting sound would shape the direction of his future songwriting.
Kramies started forming and playing in bands around the age of 16, and by the age of 19, the bands he formed became based around the songs he was writing. The bands took on many forms, playing the underground music scene from Ohio to Chicago. Come the late ’90s, Kramies developed his own sound, based around old-world imagery of cobblestone streets, old trains and castles, and romantic, poetic moments. Kramies and his band went on to open for Spiritualized, Grandaddy, Yo La Tengo, Calexico, Stereolab, Dirty Three and Red House Painters.
Come 2004, Kramies decided to focus on writing and recording in the studio, and began working with producer and engineer Todd Tobias (Guided By Voices, Robert Pollard) and guitarist David Paolucci. Working with Todd and David, Kramies released two albums to critical acclaim: Golden Like A New Thing (ACM, 2008) and Castle of Ghosts (ACM, 2010).
In 2010 Kramies began writing the songs for his first Hidden Shoal release, The European EP, in his coat closet in Colorado. The songs were demoed on four-track, painting a vivid sonic picture of the direction the release would take, drawing on the haunting old-world imagery he loved so much as a kid. The demos were sent to David Paolucci to start working on guitar parts in Ohio. Kramies then toured Ireland, playing really old pubs and small concert halls, which brought new ideas and layers to the songs. The European EP was recorded in June and July 2011 with Todd Tobias, with prominent, swirling guitar work from Dave Paolucci.
We’re very excited to present the gorgeous new single and accompanying video from dream-pop troubadour Kramies. ‘Everything The End’ is lifted from Kramies forthcoming EP Of All The Places Been & Everything The End which see release via Hidden Shoal on the 19th of October. The beautiful music video for the track, directed by Mark Lohmann, is being premiered today at Clash Magazine and is also available to stream via YouTube. The track is also available to stream via SoundCloud and download via Bandcamp.
Created in collaboration with Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Todd Tobias (Guided by Voices) and Jerry Becker (Train), Kramies’ epic new EP, Of All The Places Been & Everything The End, transports the listener through an enchanted forest of the imagination. Profoundly coloured by Kramies’ time staying at an ancient castle in Ireland, the music is steeped in fables, myths and eerie reflections, resulting in his most vividly realised release to date.
Kramies’ music is available for licensing across film, tv, web, games and beyond. Hit us up for more details.Continue reading →
The first taste from Kramies sublime forthcoming EP has been premiered by the wonderful Culture Collide. ‘The Hill Dweller’ is a window view into Kramies’ sweepingly-nostalgic new EP, Of All The Places Been & Everything The End. A wistful and picturesque landscape, ‘The Hill Dweller’, which was written and partially recorded while Kramies resided in an old Irish castle, was produced by and features the brilliant Jerry Becker (Train).
Of All The Places Been & Everything The End, also produced by and featuring Jason Lytle (Grandaddy) and Todd Tobias (Guided By Voices), will see release on October 19th via Hidden Shoal.Continue reading →
Check out these wonderful in-studio performances from our very own Kramies on Colorado Public Radio’s OpenAir. CPR’s OpenAir takes listeners inside the world of new and independent music – exposing them to up-and-coming artists and highlighting Colorado’s local music scene. Since launching in 2011, hundreds of bands, many of which have local ties, have visited the CPR Performance Studio to record their music and share insight with CPR’s OpenAir hosts, giving listeners exclusive access to a wide range of music with a Colorado focus.Continue reading →
While in on a recent trip to Nashville, Kramies met up with the wonderful photographer Mike Beyers (The Avett Brothers, Depeche Mode, The National, Joanna Newsom etc.) and filmed a live video for his excellent site Crackerfarm. Even more exciting, ‘Kite Ropes’ is a brand new track which will feature on an upcoming 2018 Kramies release. Enjoy!
Check out this wonderful interview with Kramies over at the excellent Irish zine Half-Life Music. Kramies talks about his time in Ireland (where he wrote his new single), working with Jason Lytle & Grant Wilson and his songwriting process amongst much more.
Check out this awesome live rendition of Kramies’ ‘Wooden Heart’ as part of the brilliant Westy Session series. For those not acquainted, GoWesty‘s Westy Sessions capture a range of talented musicians performing acoustically in a VW camper, “offering an authentic, intimate, and unrehearsed experience that is guaranteed to stick with you”. Such a fantastic project so be sure to check out the other sessions.
In the spring of 2017, dream-folklore artist Kramies, travelled to Shankill Castle, Ireland where he started writing new songs for an upcoming album, immersed in the beautiful landscapes of his surroundings. While writing, he created a selection of B-side songs alongside songs for a new album. A few of these B-sides were demoed in this historic castle while using simple equipment to capture the ancient environment. Kramies’ new single “I Wish I Missed You” is one of these songs. The song is available as a free download via Kramies’ Bandcamp. The track’s accompanying music video was directed by Hidden Shoal’s Cam Merton.
Along with his critically acclaimed EP The Wooden Heart, produced by Jason Lytle (Grandaddy) & Todd Tobias (Guided by Voices), Kramies has worked and performed with known artists such as Grandaddy, Clexico, and Spiritualized.
As with all Hidden Shoal releases, this beautiful song is available for licensing. Contact us for more details.Continue reading →
Check out this lovely little interview with Kramies along with a live rendition of ‘The Fate That Never Favored Us’ by the cool Irish project Balcony TV. Ireland you ask? Kramies’ currently finds himself in Irish castle as part of an artists residency in a stunning Irish castle where he is currently writing and finishing his next release. Expect more magic from our dreampop troubadour very soon.
In the meanwhile check out the interview below or head to the Balcony TV website.Continue reading →
This is very exciting news! Our very own Joe Sampson is supporting Nathaniel Rateliff and Devotchka at a special refugee benefit at the Ogden Theatre, Colorado on March 23. A little birdy also told us that a certain Kramies may be joining Joe on stage for a few songs. I’d urge you to go if you’re in and around the area but the show has sold out!Continue reading →
“After all the years that made him tired, Kramies is home. The Hill Dweller is a teaser for a new EP that’s out in October. It’s a brief, but beautiful invocation of place. A physical place. The Irish castle where much of the music was created. A place of the imagination. Ancient forests. Sacred wells. Fairy forts. And a place of healing too. “The cold that used to weather my bones is gone”. The Hill Dweller is just the taste of the dream folklore that Kramies conjures up so well. For the rest, we have to wait until October. But just in case you can’t last, there’s an exclusive interview with the man himself here.”Continue reading →
“While wandering through landscapes that have been deepened by antiquities and fables, American dream-pop troubadour Kramies spent time residing on the grounds of an ancient castle in Ireland. There, over the weeks and within the castle walls, Kramies started the writings of what would become his newest gathering of songs titled Of All The Places Been & Evening The End.Continue reading →
Upon returning home, Kramies teamed up with producers Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Todd Tobias of Guided by Voices and Jerry Becker of Train to create one of the most nostalgically powerful and emotional folklore journeys in his collection. Tipping the balance between eerie reflections and fairytale laden myths, Of All The Places Been & Everything The End finds you moving within a forest of imagination as the beautifully architected story ends leaving you enchanted and bewitched.
A prog and folk-influenced mini opus akin to Mercury Rev’s classic Deserter’s Songs, the EP covers more ground across its 23-minute run-time than many albums double its length. Given it was the site of the music’s gestation, it’s fitting that the eight-minute epic “Ireland” is the EP’s swaying centrepiece. Single “Everything The End” is an enchanting, unearthly tale of time and loss, coloured by melancholic optimism. And “The Hill Dweller” brings the EP to a goosebump-raising conclusion with its sleigh bells and strings, as Kramies intones, “Now I’m home…””
“Embedded in all music is a sense of place, and we at Collide relish in creative endeavors that take this idea to new heights. One such artist is singer-songwriter Kramies, who decided to make an Irish castle home while recording his newest EP, Of All The Places Been & Everything The End. The result is a gorgeously cinematic collection of songs that pull directly from the vast landscapes and ancient stories of Ireland. The latest single “The Hill Dweller” feels like an extended coda, as was its original purpose. But deciding to make it a fully fledged tune brings something quite extraordinary to the EP’s ending. Arcing continuously upwards, the song is less the push and pull of the standard verse / chorus structure and more a story churning towards a crescendo. Employing lush string arrangements, horns and a myriad of found sounds, the tune is truly transporting.”Continue reading →
“Dutch-American singer songwriter Kramies, who hails from Ohio in the USA, has spent some time living in Ireland, in a castle no less. He has used these historic and serene surroundings to record new songs. The first of these that I have heard is the haunting, other worldly, ethereal “I Wish I Missed You”. I could go so far as to describe it as a lament, but it also strikes me as a man trying to find feelings that he thinks he ought to have about a past lover. Either way Kramies pours so much heart, soul and emotion into this tune that it haunts your brain in a good ghost kind of way. Check out the beautiful video to accompany the song below.”Continue reading →
[Translated from the French via Google.]
“On November 13, 2015, at Bataclan and in the streets of Paris, death has replaced joy, and barbarism has come to defile one of the most expensive places in the world.
Two years later, I do not forget. I’ll never forget.
On this November day, engraved in my memory, gentleness, art, beauty, friendship and sharing are more than ever what I need. It is always with the hope that joy and love triumph over hate and terror that I continue to write. To go to concerts. To share. To dream.
On this November day, I chose to share with you a free song like air. An evanescent and beautiful song. It is the work of one of the dearest artists in my heart, the talented American songwriter Kramies. And she is beautiful.
In the spring of 2017, Kramies traveled to Shankill, Ireland. There, he lived in an old castle, absorbed the sumptuous surrounding landscapes, and began writing new songs for his next album. During the design of this new album, was born a collection of B-sides, recorded with ease to capture the spirit of the place. I Wish I Missed You is one of them.
Between ethereal folk and silky dream-pop with majestic progressions, this new jewel signed Kramies stretches its aerial notes and flies away gently. Deep, elegant and sensitive.
The video is signed by Cam Merton, founder of the Australian label Hidden Shoal. From her green and dark tones, she paints a disenchanted sentimental tale. A deserted meadow, a flight of birds, an atmosphere of thick clouds and haze to crush dreams. At the heart of this ghostly decor, the shadow of a woman all dressed in white. Then the singer’s face, who sings loneliness and expectation, as his muse appears and disappears among the wild grasses, along abandoned houses and deserted paths. The impossible hope. And the elusive beauty.
Musical and visual work with a neat aesthetic, I Wish I Missed You is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful compositions ever created by Kramies.”Continue reading →
[Translated from the French via Google]
“Marcel Proust wrote in Les plaisirs et les jours : “Is not absence, for those who love, the most certain, the most effective, the most vivacious, the most indestructible, the most faithful of presences?”
I Wish I Missed You is an ode to this absence and presence that does not fade when we loved, when we love. A forest of recollections, fleeting, between sweetness and violence.
Spring 2017, Kramies travels to Ireland where he begins to write new songs for his next album. There, he lives in an old castle and immerses himself in the sumptuous landscapes of the surroundings. During the design of this new album, comes a collection of extra songs recorded very simply to capture the spirit of the place. I Wish I Missed You is one of them.”Continue reading →
“Kramies provided a look at the Cam Merton video for “I Wish I Missed You” where the audience is taken to the majesty of Shankill Castle, Ireland where sentiments of longing & earnest expression are coupled like clasped hands held in an ineffable bond of congress.”
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- [Translated from the Italian via Google]“Kramies , the Dutch-American songwriter, stationed in Colorado, returned to writing new songs for his next album during a retreat in a remote Irish castle. The first job is to get out of the single I Wish I Missed You and the video that conveys it, directed by Cam Merton .Kramies spent some ‘time in an old Irish castle to record his new music; the result of these solitary session is just “I wish i Missed You”, an evocative noisy ballad reminiscent of certain cadences of dream pop, but also the writing of Mark Eitzel ecstatic. To make things more impressive, the stamp and writing Kramies, very close to the folk lullabies of the first Al Stewart. To accompany the song a video directed by film makers and label manager Cam Merton Australia’s Hidden Shoal , the label for which Kramies impact. The video is a dreamlike reverie in the form of a past love. ”Continue reading →
“I have to talk seriously with Kramies, with my rude english to his American accent, we’ll understand us (till here it has works). But well, boy, that’s true, at the beginning we thought it would be easy, we explain that there is an invisible nylon yarn, a card hided in the handle, an optic effect, a mirror trick, and so we clumsily explain his first works talking about light shows or other things. For the following, we’re looking more scientific words, magnets under the table, some chemical reactions, technologic little helpers defying logic, and more or less it’s ok. For the following opus, tour de force, we’re unable yet to find reasons to discuss, so we used the religious fact, all is god will, we create god powers, angels touch, and twisting the phrases in poetical way, lying, and it work… narrowly. And so here we are, facing this new gift, one of those chronic offers from our troubadour so dear to this web and particularly to me. I stay objective, and when you’ll listen to you’ll find the same adjectives as I. So here we are right now in front of this magnificent and brand new “Wish I missed you”, and we can no longer, neither with nylon yarn nor occults sciences, no divine gestures to explain the magic, it comes a time when we must admit, Kramies is a purely unreal magician, from other dimension, others beauties, and I have no idea from where or how to grip reality (I was thinking about hypnotism, but nothing at all), there’s no reasons, there’s no causes, to his magic. Kramies is marvelous and amazing, engulfed in an irish old castle or in an Angers opera, playing his six cord magic wand in his home saloon or in each of our paradise. It’s impossible to find the trick that made us leave our heavy bodies the time for a melody, and this sleight of hand that made us dream exactly what we wanted to dream of, just the time of a poem, and here we stand, useless, ignorant, fascinated and carried away, looking for words and metaphors. But all this is powerless, too earthling, kramies is pure real magic, and he hasn’t got any explication except his art of onirism, the gift of pleasure. Knowing that his magical show work every time, I’ll no longer search definition, any metaphysical, philosophical or scientific quest, since now, I will just listen, it’s finally the only way to be in the magician skin, and live the magic.”Continue reading →
“It rolls of the tongue in subtle waves of emotion. I wish I missed you… again and again, Kramies sings his refrain, a dark, bitter taste eschewing from his mouth. It hurts to close a door, but that pain manifests itself in a litany of ways. Kramies’ “I Wish I Missed You” is the heartbreakingly bittersweet closure on a love that’s run its course, exhausted its magic, and withered away.
Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “I Wish I Missed You,” the breathtaking new single from Dutch-American singer/songwriter Kramies (out 10/27 via Hidden Shoal Recordings). Filmed and recorded during a trip to Ireland where he resided in an old castle, the beautiful ballad is a testament to the power of love: Even when we don’t feel it, we still know value and cherish it.
Such is the case with “I Wish I Missed You,” a poignant ballad that finds the artist lamenting an end – not because he’s sad it’s over, but rather because it’s an end, and that in itself is worth honoring. Chillingly warm and utterly haunting, Kramies paints a solemn portrait that the ears and eyes (courtesy of director Cam Merton) can dwell within.
“While staying at Shankill Castle in Ireland, I set out to write and finish a handful of songs,” reflects Kramies. “Some songs were for a new EP and the rest were meant as B-sides that I wanted to come out naturally from sitting still in the old landscapes. “I Wish I Missed You” was the last of these B-side songs that came. It wasn’t very clear where it really fit in and I wasn’t even sure if I would use it, but in the end it started to really take on the shape of the nostalgic history and old haunting feeling of the lands surrounding the castle. There’s a dark lushness with a calm, welcoming feel there that stayed with me for a very long time. It was my hope that the song fit into the autumn season and would helped paint a picture of the nostalgia from time spent writing at the castle.”
Visually, “I Wish I Missed You” takes on the feel of a distant memory, those captivating hues of black and green casting a dark glow for our eyes to feast upon. There’s something mystical to the whole scene; to the simplicity of it all; it’s not trying to be anything more than a testament to one time and place, yet somehow it feels like so much more.
What poetry; what sheer finesse and beauty. Submit yourself to Kramies’ “I Wish I Missed You,” exclusively on Atwood Magazine!”
Kramies’ music is available for licensing (master & sync cleared) through Hidden Shoal. Please contact us with some basic details about your project and the track(s) you wish to use and we’ll be sure to get back to you straight away.