Mike Edel w/ Scenic Route To Alaska @ The Copper Owl
Edel has entrusted his finest work to producer Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie) as Walla travlled from his home in Norway after he heard the demos Edel was working on for more than 12 months.
I just really felt and loved the material said the former producer of Death Cab For Cutie, Tegan and Sara and Gord Downie to name a few. On the heels of 150 shows supporting Edels last release India, Seattle, and shows with Serena Ryder, Foy Vance and Bruce Cockburn, Edel has written and demoed tirelessly while taking time off the road. This time as seen him get married as well as split his time between British Columbia and Seattle, where his wife calls home.
This album is about thresholds, change and a new orientation and if the thematic material has anything to do with career trajectory, we can expect big things and what they are calling a classic record.
Scenic Route To Alaska
Substance and accessibility. Theyre often considered opposing forces when it comes to pop music, making it all the more impressive when a band like Scenic Route to Alaska so effortlessly delivers ample doses of both.
Since dropping their acclaimed third LP, Long Walk Home, in 2016, the prairie indie outfit has amassed an impressive pile of achievements and accolades at home and abroad. The album, which finds the trio effortlessly weaving catchy vocals and memorable melodies through rich arrangements, led to label signings and swelling success across Europe and Australia. It also spawned number ones on CBC Radio 2 and 3, two Western Canadian Music Award nods, and numerous TV placements on major networks. Now, the band is ready to build on that success with their upcoming fourth studio album, Tough Luck.
As they did for Long Walk Home, Scenic Route to Alaska once again entered the studio with famed producer Howard Redekopp (Tegan & Sara, The New Pornographers) to cut the 10 tracks comprising Tough Luck. The album picks up where its heralded predecessor left off, capturing their tight and dynamic live sound with an organic and honest production thats instantly engaging but begging to be heard again and again.
Admirably, the album stays true to the bands exciting live performances, where the energy is palpable and the fun contagious. Always locked in with a syncopation that can only stem from a long collective history, the boys bounce from ballads to bangers with ease, leaving a lasting impression on any kind of audience in front of them.
The band is perhaps best defined through dichotomy: young but mature, curious but collected, accessible but substantial. Such balance is all too rare in this scene, but thankfully, Scenic Route to Alaska strikes it with a style all their own.
The Copper Owl (View)
1900 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC V8T 4K8