Echoes & Twirls (Darling Echo)
Reviewed by Abby Johnston, Fri., Aug. 21, 2015
If Cole Porter's songwriting were any less iconic, it'd be impossible to tell where his words end and Brian Kremer's begin. His debut album, Echoes & Twirls, is a seamless mix of classics and originals threaded together by a clear devotion to vintage Western swing. Standards like "Don't Fence Me In" and Hank Williams' "Cold, Cold Heart" are executed with the same care and precision of his own work, Kremer's velvety tenor breathing new life into cherished songs and animating a nostalgic view of courtship. Austin Americana trio the Carper Family joins Kremer throughout the album, adding fiddle whines, harmonies, and vocal banter to Cindy Walker's "Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me." Even so, originals "After This One" and "Someone Else's Girl" mimic Kremer's muses in both content and form, evoking slow winds on sawdust dance floors.