Announces UK Tour in February
Shares new video for “Suddenly”
Debut album, Toss Up out now on Bayonet Records
Following the release of his debut solo album, Toss Up on Bayonet Records back in June, Indiana-based musician Kevin Krauter announces his first ever UK/EU tour dates in February 2019, calling at London, Manchester, Glasgow and Cambridge, plus more (full dates below).
This year alone Kevin has toured with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Sunflower Bean, Beach Fossils, and WAVVES. Dates are as follows…
2/05 – Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique
2/07 – Berlin, Germany @ Monarch
2/08 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Sugarfactory
2/09 – Paris, France @ Supersonic
2/11 – Cambridge, England @ The Portland Arms
2/12 – London, England @ Servant Jazz Quarters
2/13 – Manchester, England @ YES
2/14 – Glasgow, Scotland @ The Hug and Pint
2/15 – Dublin, Ireland @ Whelan’s
Kevin and Bayonet Records have also shared a new video for ‘Suddenly’, taken from Toss Up, following previous singles Rollerskate and Keep Falling in Love.It is the second most streamed track from the album—we anticipate some excitement from fans. Up and coming director Josh Smukal is responsible for the video’s creation and we are happy to showcase this young director’s work.
‘Useful solitude’ is the phrase Krauter uses to describe Toss Up — both the conditions in which it was created and the prevailing theme of these nine iridescent indie-pop songs. In between tours, he 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. The riffs and melodies became mantras, repeated back to himself until they became the rhythmically intricate, melodically bold, and emotionally complex songs on Toss Up. 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.
Recorded at Russian Recording in Bloomington, Indiana, Toss Up builds on the sonic worlds of — and word of mouth, cult-like following around — his first two releases, 2015’s Magnolia EP and 2016’s Changes EP, which caught the ears of Stereogum, GoldFlakePaint, My Old Kentucky Blog, Impose, and more. The album conveys a similar mood through a greater array of instruments and influences, with Krauter building from what was around him, which included a Goodwill-found two-stack organ and his mother’s Yamaha teach-yourself keyboard. Combined, these elements create 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.
“A lot of the songs are about solitude in a very healthy sense, about trying to make it something useful and productive. It was good to center myself in that experience. I was able to get to a place where I was not afraid to be really stoked by what I was doing.” Or, as he declares on album track “Lonely Boogie”: “I’m all alone and I’m having a good time.”
Praise for Toss Up
“[An] ear for infectious pop tunes … Having built upon his foundations, Krauter’s debut points to a bubbling potential that is, once more, likely to outdo itself in the not so distant future.” – Loud & Quiet
“Kevin Krauter is certainly indie pop, with his shimmering guitars, lilting melodies, and poetic lyrics. Yet when you pick his music apart, there’s so much more going on – those guitar lines owe more to high life than to Orange Juice, while the shimmering melodies could just as easily derive from bossa nova.” – Clash
“A perfect vessel for this lightheartedness in times of trouble… glistening melodies and playful lyrics.” – The 405
“It’s Krauter’s way with a melody that has always stood-out … the little hooks that creep in amid the flowing nature of [Rollerskate] bringing about little moments of reflection and poignancy, even as the bright exterior does its best to shade such things. A lovely first offering” – GoldFlakePaint