On his sophomore album, Full Hand, Indiana musician Kevin Krauter tackles complicated emotional states and ideas through elliptical songwriting that is at once poetic and truthful. “A lot of the lyrics touch on how I was raised religiously, touch on me understanding my sexuality more and more in recent years,” Krauter says, “just growing up and becoming more confident in myself... that process of looking inward and taking stock of myself.” It’s not especially uncommon for artists to probe deep into their own psyche to uncover what makes them tic, but Krauter’s light touch feels like something all his own. On the album’s first single, Pretty Boy, he sings, “Look ahead, say I see me now / Smiling at what used to stress me out / Cause it won’t be too long, but I’ll take my time with it / It won’t be too long till I come back home.” There’s a palpable sense of joy in Krauter’s acceptance of dire, stressful moments, and a liberation that comes from hearing him realize that the present will eventually be the past, and he’ll be able to look back and find peace. Full Hand is a beautiful masterpiece that takes in a range of influences: '60s flower pop, '70s easy listening, '80s New Wave, '90s alt-radio and '00s indie rock. If you like Arthur Russell, Wild Nothing, Prefab Sprout or Clairo you'll full in love with this instantly.
Kevin Krauter - Full Hand LP Released 28/02/20
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