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‘Never lose the romance’ – it’s a lyric from Mike Evin’s new album, Evin On Earth, but it’s also a reflection on why he keeps making music. The Canadian piano pop tunesmith has been steadily building a loyal following across North America and beyond for over ten years, yet his new music has the feel of an artist still out to discover something fresh and honest and connect with a wider audience.
Produced once again by Howie Beck (Charlotte Day Wilson, Jason Collett), Evin On Earth builds on Evin’s soulful sound and tells the story of the search for connection and community. As one fan puts it, Evin has a way of “calling out all the meaningless noise we live with these days and just paring music down to simple, beautiful perfection.” This new album, his sixth full-length, is one of his most diverse collection of songs, but it never strays from the consistent and distinctive sound of Evin’s piano and singing.
To shake things up midway through the writing and recording process, Evin spent a summer traveling and immersing himself in two different cultures: he volunteered in the Aniishnaabe community of Manitoulin Island for a month, and he drove down to New Orleans to write for the other month. These adventures added a thematic thread to some of the album’s songs. Evin’s no stranger to dropping himself in the middle of unfamiliar territory. In the summer of 2012, he spent two months studying percussion in Cuba in the midst of a rich Afro-Cuban community.
Evin’s champions include Barenaked Ladies, Ron Sexsmith and Australia’s Ben Lee. CBC Music called Evin the “next big thing”, and the lead single from his fifth full-length album Life As A Lover, “Have I Ever Loved?”, was among the Top 20 most played songs of 2015 on Sirius XM’s CBC Sonica. “Al Green” reached #1 on Sirius XM’s The Verge. In 2017, Barenaked Ladies brought him out to support their US theatre tour, and he’s also shared stages with Sexsmith, Dan Mangan and Sarah Harmer. Evin made his UK debut with a 3 week tour in Fall 2019. Fans love the spontaneity and energy of his live shows.
Mike Evin’s modern spin on piano pop manages to sound contemporary, classic and elusive all at once. His voice is a heartfelt reflection of the human experience. Evin On Earth is out now.
“A rarity – a pop composer who isn’t afraid to use his wit or to wear his heart for all to hear.”
– CBC Radio
“Mike Evin taps into what motivates people, and champions the search for happiness.”
– Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies)