Hotel in LA by Kramies

Darkenin Heart

The debut album from American songwriter, Kramies, comes out on September 9th, 2022, produced by and featuring Todd Tobias (Guided By Voices), Patrick Carney (The Black Keys), Jason Lytle (Grandaddy) and Tyler Ramsey (Band of Horses). Hotel In LA is the oneiric latest single, coming with an equally misty video.

In a statement that artist comments: “I have kept a lot of memorabilia, photos and letters from my past. Especially stuff from touring and travels. I’ve had a pretty unique life as an artist so I’m glad every time I move to a new place to find old memories of things I might have otherwise forgotten about. I wrote ‘Hotel in LA’ on a day that I found an old letter from someone I used to care about. It was a fond memory even though it might have sounded a bit sad. Most of my songs seem to have that element. In the letter was a paragraph on how we joked about having to make a hotel that was falling apart in California into something lovely by hanging photos over the cracked and water stained walls, eventually filling the walls with 1000 frames.

I’ve never known how these songs come about and through me but this one was a special moment in time. The letter and lyrics came from the time when I was at the height of my drug addiction before I got clean. The song was originally titled ‘Shitty Hotel in LA.’ It kind of follows that timeline of my life where there was a beautiful blur between the lines of what was real and what was nostalgia in the making. I write a lot these days, and the best part about this song was that I captured it on a balcony overlooking the Blue Ridge Parkway. I’ll never remember how to play it again, which makes it even more of a lost memory caught in time.”

The anticipated album will follow Kramies' well received EPs, The Wooden Heart and Of All The Places Been & Everything The End.

Cover photo by Lucy Patino / Art by Kramies
Video by Derek Lee LaJoie

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