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“What is the future, if this is now?” asks Canadian-born Mike Edel on his latest single Challenger. This question, echoing throughout the lush indie-rock track “Challenger,” recounting the 1986 Space Shuttle tragedy and the loss of optimism in technology, politics and beyond, similarly echoes throughout Edel’s latest singles, produced by Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla.
While moving through a season of both personal and social thresholds and change, Edel has delivered recent singles ‘Go With You’ and ‘31’ which has been on CBC Music’s Top 20 Charts in Canada for 6 weeks, and he doesn’t show signs of stopping with a tour of Germany in 2019 and more to come.
After 2 million cumulative streams across major platforms, being in rotation on CBC Music, AAA Radio across the United States, and on Sirius XM’s The Loft; after playing hundreds of shows including Rifflandia Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Regina Folk Festival, Victoria International Jazz Festival, and Upstream Music Festival; after sharing the stage with Serena Ryder, Foy Vance, Said The Whale and Josh Garrels; and after splitting his time between Seattle, WA and the mountains of British Columbia and getting married, Edel is taking his music in particular and his life in general across a threshold, through an open door, and into the unknown.