Old Sea Brigade
Old Sea Brigade
Ben Cramer beskriver “5 AM Paradise”, hans livfulla och gripande tredje album som Old Sea Brigade, som en “bli vuxen”-skiva; tio låtar som balanserar ungdomlig uppgivenhet med mognad och återhållsamhet, fulla av fantasifullhet, suggestiva texturer och graciösa melodier som ger en slags storslagenhet till vardagliga stunder.
Cramer introducerade först Old Sea Brigade med sin debut-EP “Love Brought Weight” följt av debutalbumet, “Ode To A Friend” (2019). Han turnerade med artister som Passenger, Tall Heights, WildRivers, Joseph, Lewis Watson och Luke Sital-Singh, och utvecklade en obestridlig kemi med Luke som även letade sig in i studion för EP:n “All the Ways You Sing in the Dark”.
Samtidigt har Cramer etablerat sig som en eftertraktad producent i hemmastudion i Nashville, inklusive australiensarna Angie McMahon och Lawson Hull, Londons John Joseph Brill, Montreals The Franklin Electric och nya talanger i närområdet som Braison Cyrus och Paul McDonald.
Senaste, det andra albumet, från 2021, “Motivational Speaking”, kallades "något av den bästa karantänskonsten" (Consequence) och "skarpt skriven och smittsamt drivande." (Uncut), och har lagt en grund för “5 AM Paradise”, när han frossar i nya ljud, idéer och utforskar vardagslivets strukturer i låtar som ger utrymme för tvivel och oro vid sidan av glädje och njutning. Han lämnar sina låtar olösta, och ställer fler frågor än han svarar på – så att de avslöjar mer och mer för varje lyssning.
I vinter kommer han till Skandinavien för en rad spelningar, biljetter ute nu!
Just like there’s nothing about his pale Nordic skin and red hair that makes you think that he’s got some Spanish blood in his veins - there’s also not much about his baritone voice that makes you think that you’re listening to a boy in his early twenties. And although there are only 250.000 people living in his hometown of Bergen, great musical acts like AURORA, Kygo, Röyksopp and Kings of Convenience have all emerged from this rainy abode between the mountains. All these things are part of what makes dePresno's story so incredible, but they are far from the only ones. He took his first steps on his musical journey when he got a guitar as a gift from his parents at the ripe old age of four. Fed with the thrilling tales of Dylan, the haunting voice of Cohen and the hopeful songs of Bob Marley, he grew an early love for playing and singing. It was by no means an average home he grew up in; during his upbringing, he's had over twenty foster siblings, and visited as many as 50 countries. Not many knew about his great gift during his early teens. There's no denying that his shy side made him keep most of his performing and songwriting locked up in his bedroom. But there were those who knew that this voice deserved to escape the four walls of his home. At the age of 17, one of his many brothers spent his savings to give him a day in a recording studio. Hesitant, but excited, he recorded a cover of Donovan's "Catch the Wind", and put in motion things he could not have possibly imagined when he put on his shoes that same morning.
dePresno aims to keep the songwriter traditions of his childhood heroes alive, by giving them a new tailored suit for a new time. By fusing organic elements, classic tales of love, time, and the fragile states we all live in, with throbbing synthesizers and lively urban stories, he's building you a bridge between old and new, with his deep, warm crooner voice as your guide.
He released his debut single "Forever" in May 2015, and immediately sparked interest, getting booked to the By:Larm-festival in Oslo only a few hours after release.
"[...] feels like the missing connection between Jack Garratt and King Krule; innovative, unique and utterly enthralling. Alternating effortlessly between acoustic and electronic parts, it’s an indication of an artist with a very bright future." Crack in The Road
Later that year, he dropped "Stranger in Disguise", giving him a lot of radio time in Norway. It also got him to the final of the biggest unsigned artist competition in Norway, hosted by one of the biggest radio channels in the country.