"It's got a vintage swing, sure, but the bass kicks are too future. Vocalist and guitarist Eric Krasno sings soulful inspiration to anyone who's struggling to get their mind, body, or heart back on the right track." - BILLBOARD
Eric Krasno is having some kind of year. The Grammy Award-winning songwriter, producer, guitarist, vocalist and label-head, celebrated for his work as a founding member of Soulive and Lettuce, has been playing sold out shows and major festivals across the U.S. in support of his acclaimed solo album, Blood From A Stone. The collection was released via his label, Feel Music, which has also delivered albums by The London Souls and Nigel Hall. Meanwhile, as a producer, his work with Aaron Neville, Lawrence, The Motet and others has only further established his reputation as one of the music world's most prolific, multi-dimensional artists.
With an epic 2016 behind him, Gramatik is in the midst of the next chapter, and 2017 is already just as wild. Last year he impressed fans and critics alike with the new album, Epigram and its subsequent remix EP featuring a number of Gramatik's favorite producers. To kick off 2017, Gramatik released a new collaboration with GRiZ, titled, "As We Proceed," that has clocked in over one million plays on Soundcloud since its January release.
Keeping the momentum going for both artists, Gramatik is now releasing another single entitled "Recovery," this time with with close friend and collaborator, vocalist/guitarist Eric Krasno. Out today via Gramatik's label Lowtemp, "Recovery" came into existence after a leg injury Gramatik sustained that required a break from his intense touring schedule. The time off the road allowed Gramatik to return his focus on writing, testing new ideas, and producing a host of new music. For "Recovery," the release has a more traditional arrangement than what we are generally used to in electronic dance music, so Gramatik made sure the tone of this one is set right from the get go. The track opens with a blissful, 50s' musical instrumentation, and then jumps right into the first verse with no long build-ups. Krasno was responsible for the straight-to-the-point lyrics that don't hide behind unnecessary metaphors, and he also provided the vocals, as well as, his signature guitar playing.
As for how the track came to be, Gramatik simply states "Kraz and I are in 'Recovery' from 'Torture'"—a reference to the pair's first collaboration together. According to Krasno, "Recovery" began as a part of his larger concept album until Gramatik got an ear on it: "'Recovery'" is a track I initially wrote as part of a concept album I've been working on (coming early 2018). Gramatik heard it and instantly wanted to work on it. He had been through an intense leg injury and really related to the hook of the song. He then flipped it on its head in the best way possible. I love working with him; his tracks always feel and sound amazing. We have also have a few more tracks in the works."
As for what's next, it's yet to be known what will become of the many tracks Gramatik created during his time off the road, but stay tuned as those hard-drives are sure to come to light. You can also catch Gramatik live around the world from Denver's Red Rocks Amphitheater to Paris' Zenith through fall 2017. Find all Gramatik tour dates here. For Krasno, he'll be touring with his band and gearing up for a Soulive residency (Bowlive) at Brooklyn Bowl in June. More info on Krasno's tour dates here.