As is often the case with interesting new music, Tender Mercy (aka Louisville’s singer/songwriter Mark Kramer) is the kind of project that doesn’t bother to apologize for not fitting neatly into a box. While the name may conjure an image of a Christian rock/metal band, the religious aspect mostly comes out in the form of trance-like atmosphere of live performances – cosmic gospel for a new age.
To push the gospel analogy further, much of TM’s music is unapologetically bleak/dark (to wit – Fear, War and Disaster are just few of the titles on Leave Little Room, project’s latest). As Kramer explains in an interview with Leo Weekly:
What I do seems to alienate most people. It’s on the dissonant side of quiet, ‘depressing’ music, which is a hard sell. People don’t like being made to feel that way.
Leave Little Room is out now on Obsolete Media Objects – Tender Mercy – many of TM’s tracks can also be found on Louisville is for Lovers compilations
Further reading/listening: OhManYes! | Ghettoblaster | Never Nervous | New Noise