About CRAYMO

Craymo was born Craig Stephen Raymo in Massena, New York and grew up in nearby Ogdensburg, a quiet little city on the St. Lawrence River bordering Canada. Music seemed to possess his soul from an early age as he had always tried to imitate the singers and bands eminating from his little 45 rpm record player. In 3rd grade he picked up the alto saxophone taking lessons.

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  • Catchy retro hand-clapper thats more sophisticated and moody than it's happy vibes let on"
    "Craymo says hes taking his inspiration from the Everly Brothers and Elvis, but this isnt just another trib...
    Catchy retro hand-clapper thats more sophisticated and moody than it's happy vibes let on" "Craymo says hes taking his inspiration from the Everly Brothers and Elvis, but this isnt just another tribute song or rehash of songs from that era. But its neither nostalgic nor is it Rockabilly. It has the hand-clapping and the backup vocals going Hoo-Hoo! But Craymos guitar owes more to the Yardbirds and T. Rexs Get It On than anyone from the 50s. The cheery upbeat sound at first seems totally in sync with the very simple declaration, You said you love me/But I love you more. And it seems to be all about the musicnot the words or the sentimentwhich is catchy, tight, and endearing. But the more you listen to it, like Every Breath You Take, the more eerie it can become. Even more so because its so clear and fun. The repetition of those two lines exerts an almost hypnotic pull. As happy and carefree as it is, its one of those songs that could turn up in a David Lynch movie. In a scene where the music, seemingly completely at odds with the creepiness or the intensity going on on-screen, enhances the weirdness of whatever were seeing, and we hear the song in a different way. But, interestingly, not in a way thats ironic or contradictory, because theres something elemental in the song, in Love You More, something else going on. This is far from a simple song. Sure, it can be taken as that. And it works really well as a chipper, throwback number. But there are layers here and theres a sophistication to how Craymo crafts these layers atop one another: the guitar has a bit of an edge to it, the backing vocals are somehow very distant, and even the cheery I love you more could be interpreted as something otheror more thanjust love

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    Devon Jackson

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