(RH Record of the week review at the bottom of this text)
About You is a set of hazy-haloed pop songs crackling with the flutters of fresh love amidst a mind full of memory flashes. Written in the whirlwind of a hopeful affair, instantly transformed into long distance romance, it’s a head rush of affection with the universe bending blurrily around it — an archive of yearning from a year that rifted warm bodies adrift; an outline of the in-betweens, the familiar and foreign, hopeful promise and heartbreak.
Suzanne Kraft has shaved silver linings from cloud formations and ignited them into crackling flames. It’s a full circle journey that floats on shimmering guitar tones, fluid vocals, and gently persuasive drum tracks chugging towards their destiny while revelling in the unknown. About You is a folding of time and space in album form and stands aloft as Suzanne Kraft’s next big step in fully becoming himself.
With a discography that ranges from sticky boogie-not-boogie to imaginative post-new age it would be an understatement to merely describe Suzanne Kraft’s work as ‘versatile’. With this new album for Melody as Truth he reinvents himself once again, this time as a hazy, gazey DIY indie rocker.
Opening with the understated ‘On Our Hands’ Kraft (real name Diego Herreira) hesitantly tries his hand at sunkissed dreampop and DIY stoner rock, albeit of the softer kind, displaying his impressive newfound songwriting skills only to crank up the noise on side B and go full shoegaze.
It’s a sound that’s informed by the jangly indie rock of The Go-Betweens and Teenage Fanclub and the wavey pop of Polyrock, The Motels and The Passions, as exemplified by the accompanying playlist on Spotify that reads “some all-timers, influences and things I've just been listening to that somehow relate to my album 'About You’”.
‘About You’ isn’t just about absorbing influences and using them to your own advantage, though. ‘About You’ is a personal statement about vulnerability that’s hard to resist because of its sheer intimacy. Need more of this? Then check out Kraft’s SK Radio on dublab.de, displaying the full range of his musical influences. (RO)