Few records hit you square between the eyes like ‘Full Circle Nightmare‘ the wonderful new album from Portland-based Kyle Craft. A veritable beast of a record drawing influences from the likes of Bowie, Lennon – christ, I can even hear Steve Harley – ‘Full Circle Nightmare‘ is a strident, swaggering and utterly brilliant take on a broken heart and one that leaves the heart racing and the mind alive. Recorded in Portland with The Decemberist’s Chris Funk in the producer hot seat, Craft has left behind the simplicity and straight-ahead nature of his debut and delivered something altogether more bold and fresh. Released on Sub Pop ahead of Craft’s first UK shows later this month, AUK caught up with the singer-songwriter. Continue reading “Interview: Kyle Craft”
The country-tinged “Exile Rag” is the delightful new single from Kyle Craft’s “Full Circle Nightmare”, his forthcoming second album available on 2nd February worldwide on Sub Pop. While working on a farm in Northern California, Craft coined the term “Exile Rag” for the little tunes he’d pick out on the guitar while everyone slept. Back in Portland, he developed feelings for a woman that in the end weren’t reciprocated. He’d sit alone in the farm’s workroom, dreaming of his life back in the city and asking himself, “What if?” When he belts out the line “By the time that her doors closing, and you feel like you’re imposing on that brand new boyfriend she has, she’ll be rolling in new love and you’ll be singing on the Exile Rag,” the song’s feeling of unrequited love is captured perfectly.