Layten Kramer
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Layten Kramer

Canmore, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Canmore, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Alternative Folk




"Layten Kramer announces 'For The Sun' LP, Share Kathryn Calder Collaboration"

Canmore, AB folk artist Layten Kramer is looking to kick his 2016 into high gear with his debut album For the Sun, and to help you get more familiar with the material, he'll be taking the album out on a spring tour.

The full-length arrives independently on April 29 and follows his 2014 EP Through the Days. The new nine-song release was recorded in Victoria with producer Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Black Mountain) and has the artist weighing in on "lucid night terrors, addiction and the struggle of finding his individuality."

In addition to Kramer's regular backing from bass/synth player Dean Kheroufi and drummer Connor Ellinger, the record features guest vocals from New Pornographers' Kathryn Calder and organ from Deep Dark Woods' Geoff Hilhorst.

A stream of For the Sun's "Nowhere to Go," which features Calder, can be found below.

As for the tour, it kicks off on April 21 in Nanaimo, BC. The 12-date trek will take the musician out from Vancouver Island into the Prairies. You'll find the full tour schedule down below.

Tour dates:

04/21 Nanaimo, BC - The Vault
04/22 Victoria, BC - Copper Owl
04/23 Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore
04/24 Kelowna, BC - Fernando's
04/25 Vernon, BC - Record City
04/28 Calgary, AB - Broken City
04/29 Banff, AB - Banff Centre
04/30 Edmonton, AB - Almanac
05/04 Twin Butte, AB - The General Store
05/05 Brooks, AB - Red Roof Studios
05/06 Regina, SK - Artful Dodger
05/07 Saskatoon, SK - Vangeli's Tavern - Exclaim!


'Through The Days' EP - 2014 - 5 Songs
'For The Sun' LP - 2014 - 9 Songs



In the fall of 2013, Layten Kramer left his hometown of Canmore, AB to grow professional roots in the Pacific Northwest in order to cultivate his experimental-folk sound, collaborate with other artists, and experience life in the city. Kramer built up a repertoire of songs amidst the rainy coastal winter of Vancouver. In the spring of 2014, he gathered his belongings and returned to Alberta to reunite with his best friends Dean Kheroufi and Connor Ellinger and record a homemade EP. That summer, Kramer was awarded the Grand Prize in the Calgary Stampede Talent Search 2014, which helped to fund the recording of his debut EP Through the Days.

In October 2014, Kramer released his experimental-folk EP, featuring the acclaimed song “Sea of Glass.” The final production of the EP was made possible by an incredibly successful crowd-funding campaign through Indiegogo. Shortly thereafter he embarked on a two-month tour, playing over 20 shows across British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan alongside talented Canadian musicians including Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Scenic Route To Alaska, and Jasper Sloan Yip. Both his EP and the tour were well received and continue to garner acclaim within the Canadian music sphere, including the JUNO Awards, Ride The Tempo, and Digital Journal.

After participating in the 2015 PEAK Performance Project Alberta Top 12, Kramer is currently working on his first full-length release with band mates Kheroufi on bass and synth and Ellinger on drums. They are collaborating with JUNO Award Winning Producer Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Yukon Blonde), alongside the musical stylings of Kathryn Calder of The New Pornographers and Geoff Hillhorst of The Deep Dark Woods. The album, titled “For the Sun” embodies a change in direction, taking Kramer’s recognized folk sound and adding experimental song structure and lush soundscapes, all the while maintaining intriguing lyrics and catchy, clever hooks.

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