Press Play: Musikanto

Sounds Like: Ryan Adams, Wilco, Luke Temple,Mumford and Sons... did we mention Ryan Adams?
Why You Should Care: This singer/songwriter from Chicago has crafted one of the better albums you are likely to hear this year.

Not gonna lie...hearing the name Musikanto out of context brings to mind a mulitude of possible horrific musical experiences, most of them involving Yanni, John Tesh or BOTH. Luckily, any and all of those fears are allayed the moment the man behind the name, Mike Musikanto, opens his mouth to sing.

Familiar, comforting, exciting and masterful — Musikanto's latest effort Sky of Dresses is all of these things — but most of all it’s a damn entertaining record. Recorded in Milwuakee, WI at a friends home studio, Dresses is the result of countless late-night drives to Brew City from Chicago, during which time Mike had the chance to pour over the demos he had cut that night and find the heart and soul of the music he was trying to create.

The results fairly speak for themselves, as Sky of Dresses has turned out to be one of the best releases of the year thus far. Haunting, heartbreaking, and most of all heartfelt, it’s an album that is going to keep you warm as Fall turns into the dark days of Winter and beyond. Check it out here if you haven’t had the chance, or just check out the video for the first single, “Every Which Way”,  below.

Like it? Love it? Well you’re in luck, because Musikanto is opening for Truth and Salvage Co TONIGHT at the Rock and Roll Hotel. We’re gonna be there, and we hope you will be too! If the album is any indication everyone should be in for a fantastic night of music with an artist that clearly is just starting out on  their path to total (folk) world domination. 

 

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