Somehow it seems quite fitting for singer songwriters to have a connection with nature and environment. Yet, very often, the music they come up with covering these themes can sound contrived or kitchy. The problem can lie with the fact that some of these artists don’t seem to have the real personal connection with nature and environment, thinking though that it is a worthy theme to cover.
If you take a listen to his third album Landlocked, you realize that is not the case with Kitchener, ON singer songwriter Luke Michielsen. You don’t tour to promote such an album in the form of a hiking tour and at the same time raise over $1,200 for the Save The Evidence campaign to renovate the former Mohawk Institute Residential School into an interpretive centre and educational resource about Residential Schools in Canada if you don’t truly feel that connection.
Still, even if you have that feeling, it doesn’t mean you can transform it into meaningful and listenable music. Again, on Landlocked, Michielsen seems to jump easily over that hurdle, with tracks like “Working Man,” “Drifting Along” or the title track easily fitting that ‘real’ singer songwriter title.
SPILL ALBUM REVIEW: LUKE MICHIELSEN – LANDLOCKED