Luke Michielsen’s music is bright indie folk. With a writing style similar to Neil Young and vocals reminiscent of R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, he shows a rare aptitude for melody and provocative lyrics.
After the success of his 2014 full-length Oh Surround Me, which was named “Pick of the Week” by CBC Radio, Luke has toured Canada extensively. He recently released a single called Berlin, ON, which ponders the history of the renaming of his home city Kitchener, in 1916.
Oh Surround Me, was funded by the Ontario Arts Council. Produced with longtime collaborator Mike Langford and nearly 18 session musicians, the song arrangements and overall soundscape doesn’t fall short. The songs Every Time I Come Home, January Snow and Well Maintained have been featured on several CBC Radio One programs.
Praise for Oh Surround Me
“Oh Surround Me is sonically pleasing offering, featuring smart lyrics, strong vocals (both lead and harmony) and pulsating instrumentation built on an acoustic foundation.” -Robert Reid of The Record Nightlife
“If you’re looking for something that’s perfect to wind down your day alongside, then this album is definitely worth a spin.” -Noel Scanga of the Windsor Independent
“Luke Michielsen is a very talented songwriter.” -Craig Norris from CBC Radio
“Luke and Mike have really outdone themselves this time. This record is beautiful.” -Peter Letros from Wreckhouse Mastering
Luke Michielsen gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Arts Council for funding the production of Oh Surround Me.