Published Nov 28, 2016Canadian singer-songwriter Danny Michel recently gave us the ins and outs of recording his latest album in the Canadian Arctic aboard a Russian icebreaker, and now more details on his latest effort have surfaced. Titled Khlebnikov, the album will arrive in late January.
Running 10 tracks in length, the album was recorded aboard the Russian vessel (named Kapitan Khlebnikov) as part of Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield's Generator Arctic expedition, which saw scientists, photographers, writers, videographers and musicians travel the Arctic Ocean and capture their experience to share with the rest of the world through their respective disciplines.
As far as Michel's recording process went, he created the record in a makeshift studio aboard the ship built from camera tripods, hair ties and gaffing tape. Col. Hadfield features on the LP singing in Russian, while Michel also incorporated found sound through recording the ship kitchen's dishwasher.
Along with the announcement, Michel has shared album cut "24,000 Horses," which was inspired by a beautiful moment in nature that took place in the early hours of the morning.
"One evening at 4 a.m. I woke to massive muffled booms and thuds of the Khlebnikov lurching through the Arctic ice," Michel recalled in a statement. "Too curious to sleep I put on all of my gear and went outside to see what was happening. There alone, at the bow I witnessed one of the most glorious moments of my life. Under an endless sky and midnight sun, I watched pieces of ice the size of tennis courts break, flip, and bounce around like bowling pins under the hull of the mighty Khlebnikov. Later that day I wrote '24,000 Horses'"
Khlebnikov arrives on January 20, but listeners in Western Canada will have a chance to take in songs from Michel's new LP on a short run of dates next month. You can find those, along with the tracklisting and lyric video for "24,000 Horses," below.
3. 24,000 Horses
7. Fall (ft. Chris Hadfield)
8. The Dishwasher's Dream
9. Down Down Down
12/01 Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
12/02 Edmonton, AB - St. Basil's Cultural Centre (Sold Out)
12/04 Lethbridge, AB - Geomatic Attic (Sold Out)
12/05 Canmore, AB - Communitea
12/06 Rossland, BC - Flying Steam Shovel
12/08 Vancouver, BC - St. James Hall
12/09 Erring, BC - Errington Hall