Portland, Oregon-based musician John Craig has garnered industry buzz following the release of his debut album “Umlaut,” a collection of electro-infused pop songs.
Craig cut his teeth in the Eugene-based band Tympanic, which he co-founded with his high school buddy, Blind Pilot's Ryan Dobrowski, during their college days at the University of Oregon. Following their graduation, both Craig and Dobrowski moved to Portland, deciding to disband Tympanic.
Craig went on to form The Accolades, before calling it quits and starting rock-pop trio Search Party, who are still actively gigging and recording.
However, always writing, Craig had a batch of songs that didn’t fit Search Party, but he knew he wanted to record and release.
The result was “Umlaut," (Loophole Records) Five songs, ranging in sound from the orchestral opening number, “Ticking,” the albums first single, to the danceable “Soon,” and through the love ballad for his fiance, “Choose Me,” “Umlaut” showcases the diversity and variety of Craigs songwriting, while never losing sight of the fact that it is Craig’s voice and songs that pull it all together.
released 15 December 2009
Loophole Records (2009). All songs written by John Craig. Copyright Rock Monster Publishing (ASCAP). Recorded at Kung Fu Bakery in Portland, OR. Additional tracks recorded at Boat Dock Studios. Mixed by Justin Phelps at Hawthorne Bridge Recording Co. Mastered by Rick Fisher at RFI/CD Mastering in Seattle, WA.
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