Free falling, could also be called a flying start
Singer and songwriter Mikkel Thomas has made a new EP – “Juggling”, under his new alias – Lucky Sailor. About a breaking zone in life that led him home to love and to Copenhagen. The music, Lucky Sailor calls funky folk, gives hope during hard times.
When Mikkel Thomas’ father passed away, a love affair sank and he was without a job, it was time to leave the little paradise Island in Denmark called Bornholm. When the safety line was cut, he threw himself into writing songs with his oldest son Adrian (former lead singer in the band “Fool”), in search of a foothold. Together with his other four children, they tore six months out of the calendar and traveled on an educational trip through Europe. Mikkel fell in love again with a flamenco dancer and through his children, and the newly written songs, he found peace and belief in that he had commit to being a musician again. When he landed on his feet, he was standing in Copenhagen. In Understrøm sound studio, he recorded the songs for his new EP, together with his dream band, all wrapped up in his newfound love.
Mikkel Thomas talks about the sound on his new EP:
Imagine an acoustic guitar, played super funky, on a tractor trailer.
You might also imagine a sonic mix of some of my musical heroes: Bob Dylan, played by the group Stuff, The Polices’ 70s sound and Bon Iver’s minimalism, united in the same person standing on the cart dancing. I guess I could call the genre Funky folk”.
The songs are written in a mourning process, where Mikkel Thomas wavered in his position as being loved, in the shadow of his father’s death and a littered relationship with a woman. He says: “In the song, ‘Bottles Over Bible’, I look at my father’s relationship with God, love, women and alcohol. It mirrored my own situation where I was missing a point of view in life and what was the point of it all? I wrote this song with my son, Adrian, and this whole son-father-grandfather and music relationship all made perfect sense. The music to the lyrics is heavy. New and old sounds meet in the song and you can almost feel the sounds getting drunk in a bar in Brooklyn ”.
It is an EP that should give lightness to the heavy breaths. Lucky Sailor has cooked sound pastilles, with the taste of hard times, but which is still permeated by the sweet hope.
Mikkel Thomas released his debut album “Ind under frakken” on the Faroese record company TUTL in 2006.
He has since lived as a singer/songwriter and troubadour, with over 1000 concerts and performances.
He has had the legendary bassist Michael Friis as a mentor and musical partner over the years on Bornholm.
Established an americana band “Eastmary”, together with the singer Pernille Loumann.
Eastmary released the album “What Is Broken” NMS / Sony in 2015 and an EP “All We Can Do” in 2017
Has worked as a composer for several TV programs for the Danish television.
In 2017, the band “Eastmary” got one of their songs in the DR TV series: “The Lord’s Ways” (“Eye of The Sea”).
He calls his new alias: Lucky Sailor, as Mikkel Thomas has always sailed, built boats, lived in the Faroe Islands, and is currently rigging a boat for circumnavigation with one of his sons.
The EP is recorded in Copenhagen, in Understrøm Sound Studio, and in the Faroe Islands. It is produced by Rasmus Hecter and Mikkel Thomas.
Released on the following formats:
Digitally on all major platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, etc.). You can check it out on the player below.