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A quiet return… Suzanne Kraft performs live this Friday in Los Angeles
Suzanne Kraft joins us for an intimate live show at In Sheep’s Clothing HQ this Friday with friends.
Earlier this summer, Los Angeles native Diego Herrera, aka Suzanne Kraft, announced that he had returned to the city after years of living in Amsterdam. The announcement came not long after the release of his latest album, About You, a “full circle journey” and “stylistic return home” that recalls the shoegaze and indie pop of Herrera’s youth.
This Friday October 8th, In Sheep’s Clothing will host live performances from Suzanne Kraft along with friends Scott Gilmore, Benedek & Anthony Calonico, and Cate Kennan at an intimate outdoor space in West Hollywood. It will be Hererra’s first live performance in Los Angeles since his return. Limited tickets are available below.
Equally adept at crafting effective “DJ” tracks, minimal ambient compositions, and emotional bedroom pop, Herrera has been one of our favorite producers for years now and his catalog is filled with tracks that remain in heavy rotation at In Sheep’s Clothing HQ.
For an introduction or preview of what’s to come, check out this selection of a few favorite Suzanne Kraft tracks over the years.
Suzanne Kraft – 06:26:00 (2010)
A series of early ambient compositions Herrera recorded while still in university, Missum was a daytime favorite at the In Sheep’s Clothing listening bar. Quiet, introspective, and wonderfully melodic, the seven tracks here anticipate Hererra’s more advanced, but equally honest, later ambient compositions with Jonny Nash on his Melody As Truth imprint. It was hard to pick a favorite from this one so please listen to the whole thing…
Suzanne Kraft – Never Heated (2015)
Talk from Home was recorded over a few weeks in the winter of 2014 at a small recording studio in Los Angeles helmed by Dublab executive director Ale Cohen (Café Ale). The songs are perfectly simple in structure with most of the tracks developing slowly and organically from an initial melodic idea. There’s a beautiful intimacy to the recordings, and A2 “Never Heated” shines with Herrera’s melancholic vocals.
Dude Energy – Renee Running (2015)
I remember hearing this for the first time in a dark warehouse in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve, 2014. Heidi Lawden and Lovefingers, both close friends of Herrera, played it at peak hours on a massive sound system. I don’t remember much else from that night, but I do remember this song: the punchy drums, massive bassline, otherworldly synths, that drop… Just a huge tune!
Jonny Nash & Suzanne Kraft – Beluga’s Song (2017)
Passive Aggressive, the first full collaborative album from Herrera and Jonny Nash, dives even further into the quiet, minimal ambient zones explored by both artists on their individual releases for Nash’s Melody As Truth. It’s a lesson in subtraction, exploring how a few elements can stretch, expand, and capture a full breadth of emotion in a liminal space.
Suso Sáiz & Suzanne Kraft – On Plateau (2020)
You might know Spanish New Age pioneer Suso Sáiz from his group La Orquesta de las Nubes or his two cult “accidental music” albums Prefiero El Naranja and En La Piel Del Cruce. Herrera met Sáiz after they both opened for Gaussian Curve at a show in Amsterdam in 2017. The two struck an immediate friendship and the recording session that followed resulted in this album, along with over 30 hours of improvised raw material.
Suzanne Kraft – Waiting (2021)
The latest Suzanne Kraft album has quickly become one of our favorites. Recorded in Amsterdam and Los Angeles, the work is a snapshot of a long-distance love. Sincere, honest, emotional, it’s everything we’ve come to love about Herrera’s music in a more revealing indie pop, shoegaze, dream pop format. “Tell me just how much this means / This sort of thing’s not something I’m used to / Waiting on a phone to ring.”
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