For Immediate Release: July 3, 2014
(Vancouver, BC) - Alberta-raised/Victoria-based musician Mike Edel released his brand new song 'The Closer' last week and today he is excited to announce the release of the incredible animated video. The video is a collaboration between Mike Edel, Jorge R. Canedo Estrada, Henrique Barone, Thanat Sattavor, Cesar Martinez and Breno Licursi and was made possible through funding from Public Records and Telus.
'The Closer' is a song about baseball which is something that Edel knows plenty about from his summers growing up on the prairies.
"It’s a story about a pitcher in a small town, a lot like the one I grew up in, who is pitching a perfect game into the 9th inning," explains Edel. "But his mom runs onto the mound and tells him that he needs to leave the game because his dad has had a farming accident. So the coach brings in the closer with a 2-0 lead in the 9th inning. He gives up a walk. Then a single. Then a home-run. They lose the game 3-2 in the 9th. I think that sometimes we think that these small moments in small towns don’t matter, but the truth is that they do." Click here to read Mike Edel's full essay on 'The Closer.'
Mike Edel released his debut album "The Last of Our Mountains" in 2011 and quickly became one of Victoria’s most sought after musicians, performing alongside the likes of Serena Ryder, Chad Van Gaalen and the Cave Singers. And plenty of great things have happened since the release of the album: Edel was a 5th place $5000 seed in the 2012 Peak Performance Project, The Victoria Times Colonist named his song 'The Country Where I Came From' as their Single of the Year (2012), CBC Radio 1 recorded and released one of his live shows and he won Rawlco Radio’s 10K20 grant. He's also appeared at the Rifflandia Festival, Victoria International Jazz Festival and Tall Tree Festival, interspersed between nearly nonstop touring across Canada and the United States.
At the beginning of 2014 Edel went into hiding, delivering a new catalogue of songs to Grammy winning producer Joby Baker, constructing his sophomore release in Baker’s Victoria studio. It’s a follow-up that Edel promises to be his best work to date. The new album (which includes the track 'The Closer') will be released later this year. For more info, please visit: www.mikeedel.com
“In the last two years that Mike Edel has been in Victoria he has established himself as one of the region’s go-to musicians” - Victoria Times-Colonist
“If the Polaris Prize wasn’t enough proof that this country is teeming with talent, then meet Mike Edel.” - MuchMusic.com
MEDIA TOOLS WATCH/POST Mike Edel's 'The Closer' video here (YouTube link) STREAM/POST the Mike Edel track - 'The Closer' here (SoundCloud link) CLICK here for high-res 'The Closer' album art. CLICK here for a high-res press photo.
FOR MORE INFO: www.mikeedel.com