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MIDNIGHT CANYON


DEBUT EP
featuring the Singles

"On My Radio"
"Where The Ocean Starts"
"Angels & Devils"

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12 . 04. 2020 

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Three friends come together to collaborate during the quarantine for the first time, writing and recording music for the love of it.



The neat thing about Midnight Canyon is the ability to blend the old with the new. It is easy to hear the beating heart of America in their music, from Neil Young to Jackson Browne to Jason Isbell as well as  all manner of classic singer-songwriters and roots-infused artists but rather than dwell on the traditions of the past, their eponymous, debut ep is the sound of what happens next.

Even the way that the album came together speaks of modern times. Danny Chaimson, Packy Lundholm and Pat McKillen, finding themselves denied access to many of their usual musical outlets due to the Lockdown, came together to write music for the purest reason possible. Just because they could. And this honest approach, this desire to make art for art’s sake, evolved into a more permanent project and a debut record.


First single, “Meet You Where The Ocean Starts,” seems to exist at the end of a line which runs through the likes of 60’s folk and early Bruce Springsteen, on to game-changers such as Wilco and current Americana acts such as O.A.R.

As such is the perfect representation of the expansive nature of their music and its ability to act as a soundtrack to big skies, big hopes and big dreams.

 







As a calling card, this eponymous release neatly displays the broad canvas on which they paint. “Angels & Devils” blends traditional country grooves with more contemporary pop moves, “On My Radio” works indie sounds through acoustic roots music and “Don’t Leave Me In The Dark” has some lovely musical nods to a more nostalgic sound, wandering similar sonic paths to early Steely Dan. “Piano in The Dark” wraps things up perfectly, a slow-burning, gently evolving mid-paced and understated slice of alt-country meets indie cool, all the more powerful for the restraint and texture-building that it opts for rather than the obvious big finish that would often be found rounding things off.

Midnight Canyon is the best of both worlds. They are traditionalists with their gaze set firmly on the next chapter. They know how to blend country, rock and Americana sounds but aren’t afraid of threading wider musical references through their core sound, be it anthemic indie or understated folk more pop-aware accessibility or rock drive. For all their influences and inspirations it is to the future that they are looking and that future is looking bright, to say the least.

TRACKLIST

1. Where The Ocean Starts
2. Angels & Devils
3. On My Radio
4. Don't Leave Me In The Dark
5. Piano in the Rain


FOR YOUR PLAYLIST CONSIDERATION

"On My Radio"


RELEASE DATE:  December 4th, 2020

TOTAL LENGTH: 6:00

Genre: Rock, Folk Rock
Subgenre: Roots Rock, Americana, Alt-country
Moods: Longing, driving, inspiring, dark

Playlist Ideas: roots revival, roots rising, blues & roots rock, folk rock, americana, alt-country

Sounds like / Inspirations:

Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits, Dawes, The Head and The Heart, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Jackson Browne, Jason Isbell, Tom Petty, Mumford & Sons, Lumineers, Wilco, The National, Hozier, Pearl Jam, Neil Young, O.A.R.

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Midnight Canyon emerged from an experimental, no expectations, strictly for fun quarantine collaboration between three well respected Chicago artists.  With everyone's schedules wiped clean, Danny Chaimson (whose credits range from O.A.R., Jem, Mike Doughty and Orgone, to Tyga, Solange Knowles, and Mike Posner) called good friends Packy Lundholm (I Fight Dragons, May Erlewine, Woody Goss) and acclaimed singer-songwriter Pat McKillen and scheduled a bunch of sessions to get together and jam.  
 
A direction built on reverence for warm and woody 70's artists like Jackson Browne and Fleetwood Mac, and robust songwriting paying homage to artists like Dire Straits and Bruce Springsteen quickly emerged.  

As the jamming led to songs, the tracks were recorded live, with the help of drummer Jordan Kozer (The Redwalls) and then carefully crafted in Chaimson's home studio.  The result was just too good to keep to themselves, and the band chose 5 favorites to make up their debut EP.  The album is an effort marked by expertly fashioned arrangements, genuinely tasteful playing, and contemplative heartfelt lyrics.   And it only exists due to Chaimson, Lundholm and McKillen's mutually sincere love of playing and writing music (and an international pandemic).

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