By: Staff –
Canadian singer-songwriter Mike McKenna Jr is back with a new video for his song “At The Edge of the World”, which you can watch exclusively via Aesthetic Magazine below.
Hailing from the remote, musical island of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and now residing in Montreal, Quebec, Mike sticks true to his roots with an overarching theme throughout the album, uncovering stories of characters who experience or are sympathetic to the Maritime working-class struggle. When you close your eyes and allow the emotive vocals and lush instruments come over you, you can really feel the story behind the lyrics.
The inspiration behind the title track “At The Edge of the World” unfolded as Mike came across a news article about one man’s experience as a first-responder of the crash of Swiss Air Flight 111 near Peggy’s Cove in 1998 and how it affected his life for years to come.
With that article, combined with old log books written by those responsible for recovering the bodies from the sinking of the RMS Titanic Mike found while researching for his first record, and more recent events of tourists being lost to the waves at Peggy’s Cove, the lyrics and central idea for the song are built of all three characters of those events; the responder for Swissair 111, the responder for the RMS Titanic, and the responder who rescues the tourists that perish near Peggy’s Cove each year.
“It seemed to me to be a similar story from different eras, all with their own ways of coping and remembering. Several of the 8 songs on the album pay tribute to similar true tales that are dark and heavy in nature, depicted through the voice of a sympathetic narrator,” said Mike.
The album, which is set to be released in April 2020, was produced by 23-year-old Berklee graduate Quinn Bachand (Rosier, Kittle & Co, Brishen) with the talented hands of Jon Anderson (Andy Shauf, Aiden Knight, Foxwarren) on mixing and Philip Shaw Bova (Father John Misty, Feist, Bahamas) with mastering. Featuring a familiar lineup of musicians from Mike’s previous album Pacific Northwest Bound, it has an all-round bigger studio sound. While Mike’s first album was darker, stripped down and more introspective, At The Edge of the World delivers a fuller, livelier set of tracks featuring Mike’s incredibly raw, soulful vocals surrounded by a beautiful mix of electric and bass guitar, pedal steel and drums. A concept album with poems brought to life with the addition of chords, melodies and descriptive lyrics, Mike touches on the folklore and history of Canada’s East Coast.