Edel’s mellow music examines transitions in life

Young artist explores a future without his youth

  • Feb. 22, 2011 9:00 a.m.

Mike Edel performs at The Streaming Café in Kelowna on Feb. 26. It will be live-streamed on the web (www.streamingcafe.net) starting at 7 p.m.

When Mike Edel hits town next weekend he will be mulling over some new goals as he flows through his mellow melodies.
Earlier this week, the young singer/songwriter found a binder from when he was 18 years old with a list of ten goals for his work in music.
“I feel as though I’ve completed all ten of them,” he said with a burst of youthful enthusiasm which somewhat beguiles the premiss of his debut album The Last of Our Mountains.
Growing up in the shadow of the Rockies among the Alberta wheat fields, the now Victoria-based artist said he was inspired by the Earle Birney poem David about two climbers. The poem speaks of the ghastly request to end his life one climber makes of another after a fall climbing leaves him facing paralysis.
Jumping off from this dramatic end-of-innocence moment, Edel examines the transition to a new reality moving forward from young adulthood necessitates.  Decidedly melancholy, if somewhat pensive, he takes on the concept of understanding the inevitable that decision-making creates.
“The path narrows as your 20s start to be behind you instead of in front of you,” the 25-year-old said.
“There’s kind of a loss of the euphoric sense of a youth-that-lasts-forever.”
Edel claims to be a “pretty happy guy,” and one has to believe it’s probably true, despite appearances, when the song Bottom Floor Apartment rolls out.
The tune picks up the pace with the offer of a smile from a girl in an otherwise typically cramped, post-university existence for a B.C. kid who sounds as if he is scraping by in a basement suite apartment. Though Edel’s own youth may be clouding any vision of the rewards age also brings, the album nonetheless strums along with a disappointment-versus-optimism mix that quite honestly portrays a mid-’20s mindset.
“It’s a long look at life and love and home,” he said.
Launching his tour with the release of his album on Jan. 25, the Kelowna stop at the Streaming Café, just prior to his major show in Victoria, follows on the heals of an extensive Western Canadian tour hitting everywhere from Medicine Hate to Red Deer to Linden, Alberta.
The Kelowna engagement will be the musician’s first experiment with live streaming and he’s looking forward to the adventure.
Among an extensive list of performance stops on various tours, Edel has lived internationally in places like Germany and Santa Cruz, California, and said the live-stream might be helpful to old friends and fans.
“It’s a pretty good way for people who are maybe not in Western Canada to reconnect,” said Edel.
Mike Edel plays the Streaming Café Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. and will be live at www.streamingcafe.net for those who cannot make it down to the show.

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