A singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Aaron Krause makes vivid pop music rooted in mood and melody. He cranks up the electronics on his newest release, Jade, a five-song EP that mixes the airy atmospherics of M83 and Sigus Ros with ...
A singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Aaron Krause makes vivid pop music rooted in mood and melody. He cranks up the electronics on his newest release, Jade, a five-song EP that mixes the airy atmospherics of M83 and Sigus Ros with the R&B punch of The Weeknd. It's music with a sense of place — a soundtrack for a movie that doesn't exist, if you will — and it arrives one year after his full-length debut, Holding on to Love.
Partially co-written with Nathan Spicer, guitarist for worldwide pop star Katy Perry, Jade came together during the nighttime hours, after Krause had wrapped up his daytime gig as a producer for Nashville-based artists like Erin McCarley, Amy Stroup and Liza Anne. Working in his home studio, he began whipping up a synth-pop sound of his own, making room for everything from keyboards to saxophone. The music took on a nocturnal feel — the result of the songs being recorded during the late-night hours, perhaps — and at the center of everything was Krause's voice, a wide-ranging instrument that was breathy one minute and booming the next.
Krause began using that voice — as well as his skills on piano, drums, and bass— during his childhood days in church. That's where he first learned how to combine instruments into an orchestral sound, and he carried those lessons with him during high school, where he performed in bands and began writing his own songs. Now based in Nashville, Krause has grown into a rare triple threat: a songwriter who can write, perform, and produce his own music with little (if any) outside help.