It is such an intimate concert that you hardly should be able to talk about taking down the expression, or to get closer to the audience. But after a few songs goes kompgitarristen Harry Mundy of the stage and Ben Cramer stands alone with his acoustic guitar.
Shortly after, the Mundy back and then step both down from the small källarscenen, presented to the audience, and play a song without an amplifier and microphones. And this ”Cover my own” is his third most listened on Spotify, and actually occurs a sing-along, which possibly had not been the same if they both had remained on the scene and heard a little bit clearer.
Even if the differences are very small.
how good he Ben Cramer, is to play with small means. He is far from established, with some ep and a debut album in the last month. And a mysterious artist who says very little about how he sounds (he comes from Atlanta and is living in Nashville, the two cities without contact with the sea).
twice, he makes a remark that now comes a rare uppåtlåt, otherwise all is quiet, sad and nedskruvat. Often play Cramer on an electric guitar so distad that it should be impossible to get it to sound so soft, warm and välartikulerad.
the sounds in a similar way, but Ben Cramer is a more direct kind of singer/songwriter – even when he whispers that tystast. Who sings of her loneliness and regret in a way that is not very similar to older generations hjärtekrossade ballads, despite the fact that there is not much formal innovation.
However, the somewhat paradoxical impact resistant, which I'm guessing is unavoidable if you live in Nashville, where small barkonserter with a songwriter who would like to progress all the days of the week. Fixed also in Stockholm, we start getting spoiled with this kind of high-quality lågbudgetturnéer, where even the freshest artists appear as durkdrivna veterans at the same time as humility towards the audience is huge.
the Old Sea Brigade is a pure textbook example of the point, easy to perceive as a tad larger than its context, but a privilege to get to experience there.
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