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  • Big Sails video is here

    The new MF album, Eternity Mongers, is due out of April 19 from Forward Music Group. Big Sails is the 2nd single so far, and it comes to you now with a fresh new video, courtesy of the amazing Stacy Lee. Shot by Stacy and Martin Reisch , the video features me at dawn doing what I do best: grappling with myself and the big, blue world.

  • New record out soon, new single out now.

    You can listen to the new single, Your Mind’s Made Up as of now. The entire album, Eternity Mongers, will be released April 19 2024, via Forward Music Group.

    I’m extremely excited to begin sharing this stuff you all.

  • Eternity Mongers

    That’s the title of the next record. It is tracked, mixed and mastered and on its way to you … very slowly. Stay tuned – I’ll keep you posted.

  • Brussels and London shows added!

    Hi all|

    Just a little update from the road to let you know that shows have been added to the itinerary along with all the other dates:

    18/02 Brussels BE – L’Estaminet
    19/02 London UK – House show in N1. Tickets + info

    Hope to see you!

  • Finally on tour again

    Finally on tour again

    Michael Feuerstack is hitting the road again.

    After the last 3+ years of making music in and around my home city of Montreal, I’m thrilled finally to be returning to the road to play music for you in person. 2021 was spent creating Harmonize the Moon, my 6th collection of my own songs under my own name since dropping the Snailhouse moniker. Making the recording was a deep yet playful experience of solo music making, and for world wide reasons I won’t bore you with, I was largely unable to tour to perform that material. Now I’m finally heading out on a solo journey with this new collection of intimate, wild and sweet songs. I’ll also happily dig into the back-catalogue (reach out in advance if you have requests) and maybe even selections from my recent covers record Translations. I cannot wait to see your beautiful faces again.

    I’m also stoked and grateful to mention that the Belgium and Netherlands dates are in support of Ben Caplan. Thank you Ben for the invitation!

    Before this all kicks off, I’ll be in London with my dear Bell Orchestre to play our newest album House Music with the BBC Orchestra, presented by Elizabeth Alker, scored by Owen Pallet, and conducted by Andre de Ridder.

  • Translations!

    I’ve made a collection of cover songs, and you can listen to it as of now on Bandcamp. I had lots of help from Mike Belyea (Mickii Bellier), Tim Crabtree (Paper Beat Scissors), and Laurel Sprengelmeyer (Little Scream). Artwork by Jon Claytor (look at each song’s page for individual water colours).

    Enjoy and thank you for listening.

    I think the biggest lesson I learned from making this record is that interpretation is creation.

    These are 14 songs I love, written by some of my favourite artists. I wanted to see what they could teach me, and also what I could bring to them.

    This whole thing feels quite personal. Even though I believe that songs are for sharing, I don’t sing a lot of covers. Often I feel strange trying to embody the sentiments of others (a voice is such a personal thing). I have lots of favourites, but the ones comprised here are some that I found myself able to sing. That is to say, they felt convincing coming from me.

    Normally I write and perform my own songs, or collaborate with others on their material. The original reason I got into music was to make songs, and I never really went through a period of learning by playing the music of others. This approach has given me my own impressionistic style. There is something special about stepping back now, and applying my way of creating to the unique works of others. I wanted to know some of my favourite songs in a new way.

    When you get to know someone really well, your language starts to change. You begin to paraphrase your own thoughts. You become at once lazier and more precise. You take liberties, omit some details and embellish others. Somehow, all of this improvisation is part of an effort to be better understood. My songs contain some of this flexibility – not just lyrically but in the relationship between the words and music as well. I’ve tried to tap into that spirit in my relationship with these songs.

    I intended Translations to be listened to as an album. It feels helpful to keep the songs in conversation with one another. I collected and assembled the songs, and I invite you to listen to find your own connections.

  • June 6 – Streaming Launch for Harmonize the Moon!

    June 6 – Streaming Launch for Harmonize the Moon!

    Hello!

    I’m missing you all. In the meantime, Forward Music Group is throwing a virtual launch for my newest album. It’s all happening on June 6, 3pm (Montreal time) on Bandcamp.

    >> TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE ($10)

    I will host and sing some songs live before airing the world premiere of a full-band mini-show followed by a Q&A. The upside of this streaming business is that you can join us from anywhere in this wild world. Please do!

    “As so much stuff moved online over the past 14 months, Feuerstack instead went inward. The result was an album called Harmonize the Moon, a recording made in isolation by Michael himself – the only outside contributions coming from a microphone pointed out the door and clips and voice memos collected over the last few years of traveling.

    Earlier this year, as lockdown measures eased, Michael gathered a small crew to bring these songs to life in a physical space. This group of collaborators – Erika Angell (Thus Owls), Mark Bucky Wheaton (Land of Talk), and Chris Velan (amazing singer/songwriter) – move gracefully through 5-songs, re-imagining material from the album. Recorded and mixed by Gilles Castillioux at Treatment Room Studio in Montreal and shot/edited by Phil Creamer (Here on Out Sessions).”

    I really hope to see you. (If the timing doesn’t work for you, keep in mind that the link will stay active for 24 hours following the show.)

    xo MF
    For tickets and info, just go here: https://forwardmusic.bandcamp.com/merch/michael-feuerstack-htm-streaming-launch

  • Harmonize the Moon out now!

    Harmonize the Moon out now!

    Harmonize the Moon is out everywhere now! 

    >> Order Harmonize the Moon
    >> Hear Michael on Kreative Kontrol Podcast
    >> Hear Michael on Hitmakers Podcast

    I’m so extremely proud of this record. It represents a new height in confidence, concision and self-sufficiency in my work – and by extension life in general.

    The term ‘pivot’ has really been abused this year, but I really can’t think of a more poetic word to describe how this record came to be. It was meant to be one thing and circumstances turned it into another. When the pandemic “dropped” (ugh forgive me, I couldn’t resist), I was in late stage plans to head into the studio with some amazing musicians to make a very upbeat and wiry record of an entirely different nature with an entirely different batch of songs. The plan changed, as it did for everyone. That record has yet to be made.

    Luckily, the songs which comprise Harmonize the Moon were also lying around in various states of development. They were destined for some future session, the vision for which involved lots of players in a fancy studio helping to build panoramic and lush versions of these delicate little pieces. Once it became clear that we were all collectively facing some long-term solo time, it occurred to me that these songs could also work in this way that you  hear them now. Though I’ve always been involved in my own recordings, I was feeling increasingly empowered by my production and mixing work for others in recent years (Camille Delean, The Fire Harvest, Taung Child in the City and Big Share to name a few). I really felt I could make something special with only the resources I have in front of me.

    Harmonize the Moon is the product of some beautiful alone time. I tried to be rigorous with myself and the process: to edit lovingly and ruthlessly, to create performances that represented a moment in time worth building on.  I tried to channel a different character (or at least a different facet of my personality) for each instrument I added. No one else heard a peep until I had already done a fairly presentable draft of the mixes. Hpwever, to me it really feels like everyone I’ve ever played with appears on this record in some way or another, subtle or blatant. I wouldn’t be able to do much without that ongoing, loving lifetime of collaboration and connection.

    I’m very grateful to Philip Shaw Bova who mastered the record, Paul Henderson for the incredible original artwork and design, and of course Forward Music Group for making it into a real thing.

    But wait – there’s new Bell Orchestre music as well

    Bell Orchestre’s House Music is out today too via Erased Tapes. My head is reeling. I can’t even imagine how you must feel if you’ve gotten this far in the post. House Music was made from improvised sessions with all of us playing together – no roadmap or specific destination. Though we certainly edited and embellished, this music was completely communal at its inception. For me personally, having these two releases land on the same day serves as a beautiful reminder of the twists and turns and intense variety that my creative life has lead me through so far. So much more to come.

  • Call of the Tired: Last single before album release!

    Call of the Tired: Last single before album release!

    Almost there! The new album Harmonize the Moon will be available to you officially on March 19 from Forward Music Group. In the meantime, we have one more single to share with you. “Call of the Tired” is a secular hymn of encouragement, aka a pep talk. Please enjoy responsibly.

    The artwork you see above is another detail of the wondrous collage by Paul Henderson that graces the cover of Harmonize the Moon.

    That’s it for now. Stay tuned for news about online performances and other creative ways of celebrating.

    Much love, I miss playing for you all.

    MF

    Excerpt – Call of the Tired from Michael Feuerstack on Vimeo.