Jon McKiel hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia. His previous record, The Nature of Things (Wednesday Records), garnered glowing reviews from across North America. Following the album’s release, McKiel toured Canada regularly playing many festivals, bars, churches, halls and sometimes trains. With the release of his new EP, Confidence Lodge (Youth Club Records), Mckiel continues to build upon a solid catalogue creating what The National Post calls, “surprising beauty powering through heavy sludge.”
Recorded during the sessions for his forthcoming album, Tonka Warcloud, Confidence Lodge’s five songs showcase a new approach and stylistic step forward for McKiel. There is a patience and focus at the core of each track that immediately presents itself. From the slow steps of “Monster of the Mirimichi’s” drone filled climb to the gentle lows of “Snow Owls,” there is an ease and honesty grounding the songs and binding their stylistic differences.
The EP was recorded in and named after The Old Confidence Lodge in Riverport, Nova Scotia. Built in 1929, the building was used as an Odd Fellows Hall until it was recently converted into astudio and venue.