With its tender and measured sway, “Brothers” stands in stark contrast to Memorial Ten Count’s kinetic first offering, “Conduit,” exchanging agitated protest for a beautiful and humble honesty. “It can never be a measured move / I won’t play too much for you / I can hand you the moon,” McKiel sings quietly. Decisive filtered guitar slides and chromatic breaks unravel around the lyrics, a shining testament to the intense chemistry of McKiel’s backing band: lead guitarist Jay Crocker (of experimental instrumental group Joyfultalk), bassist Sean Dicey (also of Joyfultalk), and drummer Aaron Mangle (of Cousins).
The beautiful accompanying video was shot by filmmaker Colin Medley in McKiel’s childhood hometown of Amherst, NS and Sackville, NB where he currently resides. Jon McKiel’s grandmother becomes “Josephine, the river queen,” a figure of faded romance among the low buildings and grey landscapes of an Atlantic winter in a small industrial town. It ends with an image of small transcendence as McKiel skates lightly across a frozen pond.
Jon McKiel has announced a series of Eastern Canadian tour dates in support of Memorial Ten Count after its March 10th release.
April 08 – Guelph, ON @ Kazoo! Fest
April 13 – Quebec City, QC @ Le Scanner [with Cousins (solo)]
April 14 – Ottawa, ON @ Pressed [with Cousins (solo)]
April 15 – Toronto, ON @ The Monarch Tavern [with Cousins (solo)]
April 16 – Peterborough, ON @ The Garnet [with Cousins (solo)]
April 17 – Montreal, QC @ Brasserie Beaubien [with Cousins]
April 18 – Saint John, NB @ Calahan’s [with Heat]
April 19 – Sackville, NB @ Thunder & Lightning [with Heat]
April 20 – Halifax, NS @ The Seahorse Tavern [with Heat]
April 21 – Fredericton, NB @ Flourish Festival
April 22 – Moncton, NB @ Claude’s House [with Heat]