John Krane released his new album, Sun Dog, via his bandcamp website on January 9, 2012. If you are not familiar with Mr. Krane it's not because he hasn't been trying.
From his involvement in past bands such as Japanese Bat Bomb and The Scapegoats, helping organize the Listen Up Nite series at the Focal Point, being one of the rotating hosts for the Chippewa Chapel open mic nights, and playing a healthy list of venues around St. Louis, Krane has kept a pretty busy schedule of promoting his excellent songwriting.
From the bandcamp site for the album...
Recorded over about 3 years, this is a great example of why you should always work with a deadline in mind. There are loads of talented musicians on it. - John Krane
Though that description of the album is accurate, maybe a little bit longer explanation is warranted. Sun Dog is a collection of nine songs based on a central idea of loneliness. The work points out the highs and lows - and everything in between - that often accompany the feeling of being alone. The fact that Krane included the positive aspects of "being alone" into some of these songs is what really makes this collection of songs stand out. Don't get me wrong, I still love a "sad and lonely" ballad to drink some beers to, but it seems more impressive for an artist to write a song that deals with a happier aspect of something that is usually perceived as being a depressing subject.
One thing I have admired about Krane's songwriting is his sense of humor and the wit that he incorporates into his songs. Even on some of the sadder songs on the album, there are still lines that warrant a little bit of a chuckle given the context of the surrounding lyrics. Even though the subject matter is dark at times, the overall listening experience of Sun Dog is very soothing and enjoyable. Some of the sadder songs on the album retain their pop sensibilities through melody and the arrangements on all of the songs are very beautiful.
This is not intended as a full-fledged album review. Instead, we would really like you to go and listen to the album for yourself and form your own opinion. I will say that my favorite tracks so far are "From A Mourning Husband", "Brother", and "Stop Leading Me On."
Krane is offering the album for purchase on the bandcamp page here for whatever amount you want to pay over 2 dollars. You can also stream the entire album on the bandcamp site. As Krane states on the site, "And if you can't afford to pay, you can listen to all of the songs through this page. I would rather you not pay and listen than pay and not listen."
If you really can't afford to pay anything right now, we are giving away download codes to the first 10 people who leave a comment on this post and really want the album. You can also come out to see Mr. Krane perform live on Thursday, January 19 at the always wonderful Stagger Inn... Again in Edwardsville, IL from 10 p.m. -2 a.m.
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