Review – Carmel Mikol

Album: Daughter Of A Working Man
Release Date: May 1, 2017
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Genre: Celtic/Pop

Halifax powerhouse Carmel Mikol is dropping jaws with her latest 10-track album, Daughter Of A Working Man. With an emphasis on homegrown lyrics and chill-inducing vocals, Mikol spins a vocal web that is both hauntingly enticing and close to the soil, drawing power from the roots of Canada itself.

Same-titled track “Daughter Of A Working Man” opens the album with an allure not unlike the ever-popular Delta Rae: mysterious, formidable, and lyric-heavy, Mikol promises her audience an album orbiting storytelling and imagery, and delivers. While the opening track is enchanting in its mystery and silky-smooth harmonies, the remainder of her album showcases her vast range in sound, bouncing between jaunty and drum-heavy whilst still retaining its lyrical authenticity.

Late-album “Last Hours Wages” exemplifies that skillset: crooning, vocally seamless, and compelling in its gently layered background of instrumentals, Mikol sits her audience down around the fire and spins a daunting tale of Halifax natives wrapped in a voice that makes it impossible not to listen.

Fearless, genuine, and unapologetically original, Daughter Of A Working Man is truly an album that has something for every kind of listener, and isn’t one to be missed.

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My name is Emma Sloan, and I am a Victoria-based freelance journalist. I have been a contributing writer for North Vancouver’s Community Report, The Martlet, and the Greater Placemaking Network of Victoria, and that list is being added to every day. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for writing updates and news.