Craymo – 2 single review
Craymo is based out of Ornaldo, Florida but is originally from New York. Citing from his bio: The New York native brilliantly combines guitar driven modern rock with dance to bring forth a unique pop sound that cannot be explained, but only experienced.” The Industry Resource “Moody and contemporary” Music Connection Magazine This passionate singer/songwriter brings a positive and upbeat approach to today’s music. He recently celebrated over 250,000 web hits on his home page www.craymo.com. Combining the sounds of Modern Rock, Pop and Dance, Craymo weaves a blend of catchy hooks, melodies and textured harmonies that linger in your mind long after the songs are over. His music can be heard in the feature films Lucky Dog, Culture Shock, Gabe The Cupid Dog, Leaving Hollywood, Super Southern Sweet Sixteen and many more indie films and TV shows. Craymo’s early influences include David Bowie, The Cars, Morrissey, The Cure, The Beatles, Duran Duran, U2, George Michael. With millions of bands across this globe how can one more really make a difference and be worthy of the music lover’s attention? Well for starters, if the artist has something to say with a new perspective and a truly unique musical style showcased through brilliant songwriting – that is a musical personality worth giving a listen to. Having said that – Craymo is such an artist… Iinfluences possibly include but not limited to: David Bowie, Warpaint, Cursive, 2:54 and Radiohead to Elvis Presley, The Monkeys and The Kinks
As this is showcased via these 2 singes from Craymo. In the process Craymo achieves his own distinctive style and voice in significant part by featuring the unique guitar/voice combination at the core of all these four songs. At the same time with all of the expanded tonal ranges and expressiveness that 4 or 5 instruments can dish out – making for a unique “invigorating” sonic experience altogether. In my opinion the 2 instruments that stand out the most here are the guitar and the voice. As a music fans aficionado who’s strictly a voyeur, and /or a writer who’s never played a lick or tried to fit different musical components together into a cohesive whole, I’m somewhat intrigued by the idea of a centerpiece member like Craymo. This rising Florida based singer/songwriter is proving to me somewhat of a musical force. As if releasing music and beating the pavement over the past few years isn’t enough. The first single from Craymo’s forthcoming EP of the same name. A retro britpop love song inspired by early Beatles, Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley and The Romantics. The Beatles, George Michael, OneRepublic, Robbie Williams, Duran Duran, Marron 5. Be Myself is an upbeat, anti-bullying pop anthem that gives you the courage to just be yourself, no matter what anyone else thinks. There is no one else like you, be true to who you are. Be Yourself. Inspired by Maroon 5, One Republic and Robbie Williams.
Sometimes persistence pays off. Where am I going with this? Whoever Craymo is he has managed to hit a home run with these 2 songs. It’s a staple of ultra-clean Rock proving again that this style of music can be spun many different ways. I would classify their music as Alternative Rock. Modern bands like Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars need not be taken too lightly. The ultimate beauty of these 2 songs, though, is in the way Craymo methodically weaves his ever lamenting rock battle cry in and out of the foreground of these tracks, playing a mostly supporting role on numbers like “Be Myself” but then taking the spotlight on more rocking “Love You More” . He clearly feels equally as comfortable powering through the modern alt-rock grooves of the former as tiptoeing through the more contemplative, rock of the past contrails of the latter. In close – this sing-songy guitar-voice concept is nothing new but has old and new musical styles to offer in 2015. Craymo finds the seam between the two approaches, delivering a steady interlude of music in the midst of musical chaos making for two very consistent releases. All of the songs un-fold in similar fashion as this brit delivers meditative moments with deftly executed, often-challenging rocked out syncopation.
Craymo has strong voice – and I don’t mean physically. He provides rock solid musical entertainment without being over the top about it. The common thread throughout all of these pieces is Craymo himself via his adventurous playing and open microphone musical vision. Because of this smooth edged musical format this latest songs courageously explore the boundaries between modern alt-rock and clever classic British invasion rock of the 50’s-60’s and 90’s to today with uncommon subtlety and fumbled grace.
– Donald Garret