Published Jun 22, 2015Last time we heard from Toronto-based piano man Mike Evin, he was warming hearts with his video for "Have I Ever Loved?" Well, it seems he's answered his own question because he's just unveiled plans for a new album called Life As a Lover.
The singer-songwriter's latest LP is due out on August 28 and hears Evin teaming up with Howie Beck on production duties. According to a press release, the songs are "an ode to finding love and learning to live with loves past" and hear Evin sprucing up his piano prowess with "exuberant handclaps, funky finger-snaps, ohh la la backups and synthy catchlines."
"Howie and I are both neophytes with analog synths, so that gave the whole process lots of excitement — a real sense of discovery," said Evin, in a statement about the recording process. "We had no idea what we were doing! And playing synth bass is just so much fun."
Following the album's release, Evin will embark on a Canadian tour that will see him take the stage with drummer Ian MacKay (Basia Bulat). The upcoming live dates are listed below, and if you scroll past those, you can hear the premiere of Evin's brand new single "Al Green." It's an aptly soulful, romantic cut that demonstrates the artist's newfound affinity for synth-infused piano pop.
09/10 Kitchener, ON - Cafe Pyrus
09/12 Kingston, ON - The Artel
09/16 Hamilton, ON - The Staircase
09/17 London, ON - London Music Club
09/24 Montreal, QC - House Concert
09/25 St-Andrews, NB - Salty Towers
09/26 Moncton, NB - House Concert
09/30 Halifax, NS - The Company House
10/01 Fredericton, NB - The Grad House
10/02 Quebec City, QC - Fou Bar
10/03 Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
10/04 Wakefield, QC - The Blacksheep Inn
10/15 Grenfell, SK - House Concert
10/18 Saskatoon, SK - The Bassment
10/24 Chilliwack, BC - Bozzini's
10/28 Vancouver, BC - The Railway Club
11/01 Jamestown, ND - House Concert
11/04 Lansing, MI - House Concert
11/10 Toronto, ON - The Burdock Music Hall