From out of the Chicago suburbs comes Tyler Krienitz, a 22-year-old singer/songwriter sitting atop several album releases and a sterling performance circuit amidst the Midwest. His music is both progressive and traditional combining folk with contemporary influences. "World Away" is folk heavy but contains plenty of alternative instrumentation including various pianos, organ, bass, drums and saxophone. Believe it or not, it was recorded in just two days. Striking when inspiration is the most vulnerable…check.
“Mess of Blue” is a bold tale that isn’t afraid to walk around for eight-plus minutes. It plays out like a story that has a perfect supporting chord structure. Krienitz’s voice is somewhat sedated in contrast to the contemporary brightness of his folk. With each reprisal of the verse comes a surge of new intensity. This track is a little Bob Dylan, a little Kurt Cobain, and all good.
“Men Of Weary Kind” is like swaying slowly beneath a tree in the valley – sun setting, beer growing warm. The harmonica is a beautiful touch to such a gentle breeze. Again, the vocals reach out in the likeness of Dylan and I’m sure Krientiz is aware of his ability to attract the ear with that association. Singer/songwriters need all the tricks they can muster, but in this case, the proof is in the pudding. Great songwriting, great levels of arrangement; the listener is rewarded in every song for having experienced the journey especially for those on the lengthy side.
Keep an eye out for Tyler Krienitz. This world has room for folk and should usher in more artists such as this for the reminder alone that we still have integrity as artists; writing should be personal not plastic.
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