Kevin Krauter – Toss Up (2018)

Pickymagazine Kevin Krauter - Toss Up (2018)

Kevin Krauters musikalische Karriere beginnt bereits im Jahr 2015. Damals bastelt er für das Semesterprojekt eines Freundes in Eigenregie sechs Songs aus alten Demoaufnahmen  zusammen und veröffentlicht sie als EP. Magnolia steht also erst einmal einfach so im Raum. Ein Jahr später kommt der selbe Freund wieder auf Krauter zu und schlägt vor, noch einmal sechs Songs zu schreiben und eine zweite EP zu veröffentlichen.

Gesagt, getan.

2016 erscheint auf dem Label Winspear seine zweite EP namens Changes, die schon deutlicher Krauters eigenen Stil versprüht. Zu der Zeit horchen bereits die ersten Musiknerds der Indieszene auf. Krauters klangliche Inspiration reicht auf Changes von Bossa Nova-Rhythmen bis hin zu Americana-Gitarrensounds.

Im Juni 2018 erscheint sein Debüt-Album Toss Up

Dieses Jahr ist es dann endlich soweit: Sein erstes Album mit dem Titel Toss Up erscheint auf Bayonet Records, die unter anderem auch Beach Fossils unter Vertrag haben. Auf der Platte finden sich 9 Songs, die bis auf ein oder zwei Ausnahmen wie aus einem Guss klingen und eine schöne, eigene Note haben.

Kevin Krauter - Toss Up
Kevin Krauter – Toss Up

Eröffnet wird die Partie mit dem sehr nach 80s klingendem Cowboy Chloe, gefolgt vom hypnotisierenden Lonely Boogie. Rollerskate finde ich besonders schön, denn er klingt leicht nach Mac DeMarco, hat aber noch diesen speziellen GameBoy-Sound Synthesizer (ich weiß nicht, wie ich es anders beschreiben soll, der Sound klingt für mich einfach nach dem selben Sound den es bei den Pokemon-Spielen zu hören gab) mit dabei und gibt wieder den typischen Krauter-Vibe mit dazu. Mein persönliches Highlight ist jedoch Suddenly: Irgendwie ist die Melodie und das Gitarren-Riff total catchy und außerdem ist der GameBoy-Sound wieder mit dabei. #fanboy

Die zweite Hälfte des Albums beginnt mit dem Instrumental Restless, was ich persönlich etwas überflüssig finde. Das ist wohl einfach eine persönliche Präferenz, aber ich mag diese mit Absicht verstimmten Synthie-Sounds einfach nicht. Meine aufkommende Langeweile wurde dann jedoch von Keep Falling in Love aufgefangen, was mich irgendwie an Pina Coladas und getting caught in the rain erinnert.

Who Do You Know und Barely On My Mind sind schön zu hören, aber nicht mehr wirklich neu oder überraschend. Beendet wird das Kunstwerk dann (endlich) mit dem gleichnamigen Song Toss Up: Hier hören wir wieder programmierte Drums wie bei Lonely Boogie und diesen verstimmten Synthie. Dieses Mal aber nicht so krass verstimmt wie bei Restless. Ein toller, aber auch angebrachter Abschluss, wie ich finde.

Toss Up klingt sehr einheitlich und leicht verdaulich

Insgesamt klingt das Album klingt sehr einheitlich und nach leicht zu verarbeitendem Indie-Pop. Keep Falling in Love mit seinem Pina Colada-Flair und das Instrumental Restless stechen etwas heraus. Ansonsten erwarten einen auf der Platte glitzernde Gitarren-Picks, gemischt mit smoothen Synthies und glücklich-gelangweilten Vocals, die zu einer angenehmen aber unaufregenden Indie-Decke verschwimmen. Wer es ganz genau nimmt, könnte jetzt kritisieren, dass die Songs am Ende irgendwie doch alle zu gleich klingen, aber wen interessiert das schon?

Musikalisch erinnert mich Kevin Krauters Sound an The 1975 und Mac DeMarco. Gesanglich kommt er Tame Impala ziemlich nahe. Von den Vorschlägen ähnlicher Künstler auf Spotify kannte ich keinen einzigen, was ja eigentlich ein gutes Indiz dafür ist, dass Kevin Krauter (noch) ein wirkliches Indie-Juwel ist. 

  • Am besten hören beim: drauf chillen, einen kiffen, vögeln, Vintage/90s-Vibe Bilder auf Instagram posten, mit dem Auto im Sommer durch die Gegend fahren
  • Favourite Track: Barely On My Mind, Suddenly (wegen des Gameboy-Sounds, hatte ich das schon erwähnt?)
  • Least Favourite Track: Restless

Kevin Krauter spielt vorerst leider nur Gigs in den USA. Checkt mal sein Facebook-Profil aus, wenn ihr mehr Informationen haben wollt! Hier gibt es außerdem noch Suddenly zu hören:

71 thoughts on “Kevin Krauter – Toss Up (2018)

  1. Hey there would you mind letting me know which hosting company you’re working with? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different internet browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot quicker then most. Can you suggest a good web hosting provider at a honest price? Kudos, I appreciate it!

  2. I really like what you guys are up too. Such clever work and exposure! Keep up the very good works guys I’ve added you guys to our blogroll.

  3. Hi my family member! I want to say that this article is awesome, great written and come with almost all important infos. I’d like to peer more posts like this .

  4. Undeniably believe that which you stated. Your favorite justification appeared to be on the net the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get irked while people consider worries that they plainly do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people can take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

  5. Thank you for another informative web site. Where else may I am getting that kind of info written in such a perfect method? I have a challenge that I am simply now running on, and I have been at the glance out for such information.

  6. Howdy great blog! Does running a blog similar to this take a lot of work? I have virtually no expertise in computer programming but I was hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyways, if you have any suggestions or tips for new blog owners please share. I know this is off topic nevertheless I just had to ask. Thanks!

  7. We stumbled over here coming from a different website and thought I might check things out. I like what I see so now i’m following you. Look forward to exploring your web page yet again.

  8. This is very fascinating, You are an excessively professional blogger. I have joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your fantastic post. Also, I have shared your web site in my social networks

  9. Heya i’m for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It truly useful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to give something back and help others like you helped me.

  10. hey there and thank you for your information I’ve definitely picked up anything new from right here. I did however expertise some technical issues using this web site, since I experienced to reload the web site a lot of times previous to I could get it to load properly. I had been wondering if your web hosting is OK? Not that I am complaining, but sluggish loading instances times will often affect your placement in google and can damage your high quality score if advertising and marketing with Adwords. Anyway I’m adding this RSS to my e-mail and can look out for a lot more of your respective fascinating content. Make sure you update this again soon.

  11. Hi there, I found your blog via Google whilst searching for a similar topic, your web site got here up, it appears good. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

  12. Hi there, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam responses? If so how do you reduce it, any plugin or anything you can advise? I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any assistance is very much appreciated.

  13. Hey, I think your blog might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your blog site in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, great blog!

  14. Hey! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group? There’s a lot of people that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Thank you

  15. This is very interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I have joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your magnificent post. Also, I have shared your site in my social networks!

  16. Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading correctly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different internet browsers and both show the same results.

  17. Whoa! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a completely different topic but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Wonderful choice of colors!

  18. I am curious to find out what blog system you have been utilizing? I’m experiencing some minor security problems with my latest website and I would like to find something more safe. Do you have any suggestions?

  19. Howdy! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this site? I’m getting tired of WordPress because I’ve had issues with hackers and I’m looking at options for another platform. I would be great if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  20. We stumbled over here different web page and thought I might check things out. I like what I see so now i’m following you. Look forward to looking at your web page again.

  21. I was more than happy to discover this great site. I want to to thank you for your time due to this wonderful read!! I definitely savored every bit of it and I have you saved as a favorite to see new things on your website.

  22. Appreciating the hard work you put into your website and in depth information you present. It’s awesome to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same outdated rehashed material. Excellent read! I’ve saved your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  23. Helpful info. Fortunate me I found your site accidentally, and I am surprised why this twist of fate did not happened in advance! I bookmarked it.

  24. Have you ever considered about including a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is fundamental and all. However think of if you added some great visuals or video clips to give your posts more, „pop“! Your content is excellent but with images and video clips, this site could undeniably be one of the very best in its niche. Terrific blog!

  25. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  26. Hey there! I realize this is somewhat off-topic but I had to ask. Does running a well-established blog like yours take a lot of work? I’m completely new to writing a blog but I do write in my diary daily. I’d like to start a blog so I will be able to share my experience and views online. Please let me know if you have any ideas or tips for new aspiring bloggers. Appreciate it!

  27. I am extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see a nice blog like this one nowadays.

  28. Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your post seem to be running off the screen in Ie. I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know. The design and style look great though! Hope you get the problem solved soon. Cheers

  29. Woah! I’m really enjoying the template/theme of this website. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s very difficult to get that „perfect balance“ between superb usability and visual appearance. I must say that you’ve done a excellent job with this. Additionally, the blog loads very fast for me on Opera. Outstanding Blog!

Schreibe einen Kommentar

Deine E-Mail-Adresse wird nicht veröffentlicht. Erforderliche Felder sind mit * markiert