Kerem Atalay is a self-taught guitarist who discovered American Primitive guitar while studying at University of Maryland and living in Takoma Park - where the style, and its creator, were both born. His work varies in structure and character, ranging from long-form compositions to brief impressionistic explorations. The pieces on Summer Winter tend to fall somewhere close to the middle of that spectrum and all draw inspiration from the seasons they are named after.
"Drawing inspiration from the season, 'Summer 1' is warm and vibrant, beaming down like the hot sun and entrenched in long day vibes and late nights. The song creeps forward with a winding arpeggiated melody, bright and beautiful, with a sense of wonder. Midway through the song, Atalay brings it to a halt, diving back in with a new tempo and twang, offering the yin to the first half's yang. It's a stunning song that does so much with so little. I can't wait to hear the rest of this record."- Dan Goldin, Post-Trash