Despite his relatively young age, Keiffer Mclean has made a
prodigious progression as a solo folk artist. Hailing from Regina, the capital
city of Saskatchewan, Keiffer began writing songs in his mid-teens and has
since developed into a songwriting virtuoso who has made appearances at several
high-profile festivals in 2013, including the Cathedral Village Arts Festival,
the Regina Folk Festival, Gateway Festival, Ness Creek Music Festival and
JUNOfest. And his debut release, a seven-song self-titled EP, garnered him a
nomination in the 'Young Performer of the Year' category at the 2013 Canadian
Folk Music Awards.
Keiffer has also shared the stage with numerous Canadian
artists in the last year such as Jeremy Fisher, Boreal Sons, Close Talker, Belle
Plaine, The Lazy MKs, Don Brownrigg, Trent Severn, Rah Rah, Northcote,
Grounders, Wooden Sky, and Peter Katz.
Now, at the age of 20, Keiffer is poised to make 2014 his
breakout year with the release of his first full-length album, Drama in the Attic. Expanding his folk
influences to include an increasingly wider array of eclectic musicianship,
Keiffer has peeled back his deceptively simple-yet-sophisticated acoustic
melodies and lamenting vocal lines to reveal several layers of quietly breezy contemporary
instrumental textures and flourishes – expect to hear a clarinet, trumpets and
a tuba filling in the spaces along with Keiffer’s guitar lines.Coming from a musical family, Keiffer is adept at a variety
of instruments, having played the accordion and slide whistle to several songs
on Drama in the Attic. But in
addition to his own contributions, Keiffer is joined by several accomplished
musicians, including his uncle Al Muirhead, a Calgary-based jazz musician who
has played with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Diana Krall, Paul Anka and Tommy
“He is amazing,” says Keiffer about his uncle. “He’s in his
late 70s and he played the trumpet on the album. And the brass section was made
up from several jazz musicians that are his close friends as well.”
Recorded at Touchwood Studios in Regina, several other
backing musicians, including Chris Prpich of The Lonesome Weekends and The Lazy
MKs, Robert Mclean, Danny Jones, and Jakob Greiffenhagen, also ma ke an appearance
on Drama in the Attic.
The album has already garnered strong responses thanks to
the advance release of the single “Headful of Diamonds”. Describing the
wordplay as “playing with perception and philosophy,” Keiffer’s lyrics often
fall somewhere between whimsical and astute – the song paints a refined picture
that leaves enough openings for listeners to add their own interpretation.
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