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And The Wind Blew It All Away

by Kramer
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Kramer’s first solo LP since 1998’s Songs From The Pink Death. Celebrated as a collaborator, producer and champion for some of the most boundary-pushing artists of the post-punk era, the musical ringleader known as Kramer is emerging from a pandemic-year gestation period with his first solo collection of original songs since 1998. The 10-track And the Wind Blew It All Away is the culmination of Kramer’s 2020 stint as Artist-In-Residence for Indianapolis-based Joyful Noise Recordings and was mixed on a vintage tube console from the historic United Western Recorders studio in Hollywood.

Kramer – whose production credits also include Galaxie 500, Will Oldham, White Zombie, Low and Urge Overkill – performed all the instruments and vocals on the record, which features nine new songs and closes with a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Winter Lady.” The album’s vibe is meditative and atmospheric, Kramer’s vocals ghostly but not unfriendly. Musically, it’s a gentle and magical mystery tour of simmering electric guitars, acoustic string instruments, organs, pianos and mellotrons, tape loops, reversed tracks, found sounds and a bare minimum of percussion. Lyrically, weather metaphors seem to represent personal, emotional entanglements.

In typically cryptic fashion, Kramer described the mood that fueled the writing and recording; “A terrifying wind is coming,” he said. “I recorded this LP as I wondered, through sound and song, if I’ll ever collaborate on making music with another artist by my side again, or live to see another New Year’s Eve, or ever hear my daughter’s voice again, or ever love again. Time will darken it. It always does... Do I really want to be the last man standing, in a wind like this one?”

For fans of: Robert Wyatt, Galaxie 500, Low, Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, Bongwater, Brian Eno, Will Oldham, Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, Elliott Smith, Ummagumma.

Released: December 2021
Cat: SHIMMY2004
Label: Shimmy Disc

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Tracklist

1. Falling Skies
2. In The Rain
3. The Wind
4. The Crying
5. No Words Side
6. In Absentia
7. The Heartache
8. She Knows
9. The Killing
10. Winter Lady

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