Carmel Mikol, Creature

Cape Breton’s Carmel Mikol is making quite a name for herself since releasing her independent debut, In My Bones. Besides being a triple nominee at the 2011 East Coast Music Awards, she has managed to garner international attention by winning both The 2010 Great American Song Contest and The International Singer Songwriter Awards Contest in the folk category.

But, let’s put aside all those accolades because in the end they really don’t matter. Sure, it is nice to win awards but Mikol knows the only true way to effect people is by baring your soul on stage; and these eight simple folk songs are tailored made for that intimate live setting.

I should note that Creature is hip with the digital age, coming with a companion e-book for those that pre-order the album. The e-book is a brilliant idea and a beautiful piece of work that will give fans a greater appreciation for the album and an even more personal look into the inner workings of Mikol’s heart. The first line in the book says:

“I collected all my father’s journals after he died. I read them slowly….Searching, searching”.

We begin our journey with Mikol’s father as he breaks away for the border seeking the Canadian Dream; the opening title track sets the tone for the entire record, a deep resonance of old-time country and poignant, poetic consciousness that will remind fans of Sarah Harmer and Bright Eyes.

From there we are taken on a journey through the human experience: “Lion and Lamb” flows like a hip-hop scat about being unable to escape where you grew up while “Somewhere Else” yearns to be swept off by a soul-mate. “Leaver” and “Made” are straight up, country hoe-downs about our very basic human desires and “Twenty Something Girl” is loaded with political truths about our destructive nature.

“You left a carbon print, where you laid, the breath that started it, slow fade” – is only one of the many tender lines on the deeply personal and final poem, “I Miss the Moon”. The tearful ballad is a beautiful ode to life and is obvious that the wound of her father’s death is still fresh.

Creature succeeds in capturing her father’s memories through the country-folk tradition; creating memorable songs that get carried from one person to another. I’m sure that throughout her searching Mikol found out more about herself than about her father; All that is here for the listener to take in. (Independent)

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Carmel Milkol – Official Site

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Posted on August 4, 2011, in Album Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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