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Jason Lytle and Kramies Talk About “The Wooden Heart” EP
Jason Lytle and Kramies give us a sneak peek into their working process for the new Kramies EP.
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"The Wooden Heart" sees the light of day on the 17th October with the first single dropping September 5th. In the meanwhile, be sure to check out Kramies fantastic 2011 EP "The European" - http://store.hiddenshoal.com.
Kramies Windt began writing songs at the age of 14 after buying his first synth, acoustic guitar and four-track recorder at an estate sale in his home town of Cleveland, Ohio. He started playing in bands around the age of 16, and come the late ’90s, 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, Circus Devils) 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 "The European" EP, his first Hidden Shoal release, 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 turn-of-the-
Jason Lytle first wandered into the public consciousness as the principal singer and songwriter for the band Grandaddy. Formed in Modesto, CA in 1992, and eventually consisting of Lytle along with Aaron Burtch, Tim Dryden, Jim Fairchild and Kevin Garcia, the band initially broke through with 1997′s Under the Western Freeway and the NME-praised single “Summer Here Kids.” The band’s sound,” atmospheric electronics meet warped Americana”, crystallized on 2000′s "Sophtware Slump", which was met with breathless hype and earned the band “Next Big Thing” status. Tireless rounds of international touring and mountains of fawning press led to 2003′s Sumday, increasing album sales, more touring, more press,TV show appearances, and a slot on the main stage at the Glastonbury festival. The band produced another EP and an album entitled "Just Like the Fambly Cat", before disbanding in 2006.
Since then, Jason has created music for a number of national and international commercials and released his debut solo album "Yours Truly, The Commuter" in 2009. A number of collaborations followed including two tracks with Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse for the "Dark Night of the Soul" album and with former Grandaddy drummer Aaron Burtch and Earlimart’s Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray in the Admiral Radley project which yielded 2010’s "I Heart California".