Recorded in Victoria, BC, For the Sun was produced by JUNO award-winning producer Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Yukon Blonde). In addition to Kramer, the album features Dean Kheroufi on bass and synth, Connor Ellinger on drums, guest vocals by Kathryn Calder (The New Pornographers) and guest rhodes/organ by Geoff Hilhorst (The Deep Dark Woods).
For the Sun embodies a change in direction for the youthful songwriter. The 9 tracks on the LP still feature the intriguing lyrics and catchy hooks that Kramer has become known for, but also see him delving into experimental song structure and lush soundscapes.
“The album explores a more in-depth approach to song composition, tipping a hat to the 80s with a tight-knit rhythm section while experimenting with hazy, quavering synth and guitar lines,” comments Kramer.
Shedding light on personal encounters, Kramer guides the listener through what feels like a sunny, nostalgic summer afternoon all the while tackling darker abstract illusions and the interpersonal challenges of his mental state. Combining the conscious world with his unconscious state, throughout For the Sun, Kramer touches on themes such as lucid night terrors, addiction and the struggle of finding his individuality. The album displays an intimate chapter of Kramer’s life through aggressive, driving surf rock and vibrant, spacey psychedelic-folk genres.
Kramer burst onto the Canadian folk scene when he was awarded the Grand Prize in the Calgary Stampede Talent Search in 2014. In fall 2014, following a highly successful crowd-funding campaign through Indigogo, Kramer released his debut EP Through the Days. The EP garnered acclaim and landed Kramer on Digital Journal’s ‘Artists to watch in 2015’ list plus slots touring with the likes of Micheal Bernard Fitzgerald, Scenic Tour To Alaska, and Jasper Sloan Yip.
>Layten Kramer has just announced a Canadian tour in support of his forthcoming LP. The tour will kick off in Nanaimo on April 21st and will wrap up in Saskatoon on May 7th. All confirmed tour dates are listed below.