With his debut solo EP, Marianas Trench bassist, Mike Ayley (under the moniker, MIKEH), presents a compact set of songs that are highly personal but leave plenty of room for listeners to see their own lives and the kind of uncertainties so many of us have experienced reflected in each track.
Aptly titled, the five-song EP is inspired by emotional gray areas MIKEH often found himself pondering during his favourite times of day while his musical career was on hold. “There are two golden hours, sunrise and sunset. The morning is all about hope and possibility, potential, and rebirth. And sunset, to me, it’s a time of reconciliation, thinking about what you haven’t accomplished but realizing new things are still growing, blooming, and you’re excited for the next day.”
With its focus on MIKEH’s world – and in particular on his hopes and concerns for his family – Golden Hour: First Things First offers a unique and insightful look at balancing love, life, and work. The EP is a celebration of the kind of daily victories we too often take for granted that’s compellingly honest and immediately relatable, musically and lyrically.
Release date: October 18, 2022
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