By Sierra Roberts
Nova Scotian Jon McKiel released his self-titled EP over the summer, which is a follow-up to his 2012 album, Tonka War Cloud. McKiel’s sound is often classified as indie rock, but I found his music to be much more complex and not so easily pigeonholed.
The six songs on the EP are much more raw and experimental than his previous works. McKiel’s strong lyricism and melodies come together to create songs that are catchy and full of heart. His press release reads, “Like a modest handshake, a wink, or a nod, you can hear a community throughout this record, and with that, echoes of migration.” This is definitely a record worth checking out.
I found myself listening to the album while I was on the bus or laying on the couch in the English lounge relaxing. Clocking in at a mere 17 minutes, you could even check out the album between classes. But if you only have time for a song or two, I’d recommend you go for “Tropical Depression” or “Twin Speaks.”
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