Mike Martell She Waits For Me

This is the real deal. Fans of East coast music have a new reason to pay attention, as this 53-year-old PEI fisherman weighs anchor long enough to release a first-ever recording that sounds like he’s been doing it all his life. If that wasn’t accomplishment enough, it’s notable that all 12 tracks are originals, and his first foray into songwriting was as recent as six years ago. Retired from the sea, he and his harmonizing wife work in the mainland fisheries but this is clearly no escape plan — the degree of introspection and observation found within these songs reflect a love for the solitude of the sea and a passion for this way of life. And, in the tradition of Stan Rogers’ authentic ability to capture the Canadian mystique, his deep, rich vocals sing of what he knows best while wife Tami’s harmonies offer sweet, gentle contrast to this hardy, satisfying fare. Mandolin, guitar, accordion and tin whistle provide minimal support yet keeping things simple underlines the subtle sophistication of this release. Friends, family, fishing, farewells and the fond memories of a life spent on the sea — this is an exceptional catch. (Independent)