By: Brandon Benguaich
Genre: Alternative Folk
In the world of independent folk on the internet, there is tons to choose from and it takes the right musician to create something meaningful. Singer songwriter Ben Kramer does just that. Ben is 19 years old from Chicago, Illinois and is currently a student at Depaul University where he studies mathematical sciences. A guitarist for years, Ben Kramer began singing and songwriting just two years ago, and what a leap it has been. He states his focus is layering acoustic guitar and banjo to create an acoustic soundscape. From my professional opinion (or lack thereof) I believe he accomplishes that. He has now released his first EP, Let Go and hopefully we can jump start his career a bit.
Here are my thoughts on his EP, overall, its great. Theres contrast between each of the four tracks, as to not get boring which sometimes happens in this genre. The opening track “Let Go” is particularly interesting, although a familiar sound, that is not a bad thing. It is rhythmically and harmonically sound with just enough layers as to not overcomplicated anything. The chorus is also catchy as he does a good job harmonizing with himself. A somewhat typical song form, but still enjoyable to listen to. I would have to say “I’d Never Say” is my favourite track, maybe because I wish I had his voice. Ben also seems to be telling a story, which is after all the point of folk music, to me anyways. As a first EP, this is a fantastic beginning and I cannot wait to see what he produces later on.
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