To celebrate the new song arrival, Kramies had an exclusive interview with Half-Life music. Hear is a sneak peek - read more
What brought you to Ireland earlier this year?
I’ve been through Ireland a few times before on tour and every time I fall more and more in love with the landscape and the people. So much so that my EP “The Wooden Heart” came to me while walking the streets of Galway after a radio show in 2011. I always wanted the chance to be able to stay in one spot and write while in Ireland, and that chance finally came along.
This past April I was lucky enough to receive an artist residency in a castle while I finished writing my new album. It’s been a dream come true for a writer. So much has opened up for me here.
You featured a song called “Ireland” on your ‘forêts antiques’ EP, though you introduced it as not having a name then. What was the inspiration for that song and why did you choose that title in the end?
Ha! I love that you noticed that. At the time when my concert in France was being filmed, I had just written the song. I was desperately trying to think of a name before the show, but nothing seemed to work. So, while performing it, I decided to just say that it was nameless. It’s funny because that same night I finally figured out that it would be the main story line for my next album and I called it “Ireland”.
The way I seem to write albums is by waiting for a story to appear in my imagination. I seem to write dark little folklore stories that come out of nowhere. Ireland, and its folklore, have been a big inspiration for me. I feel this might be my way of saying thank you. A good-bye story to the land that sparked so much creative imagination in me.