Portland, Oregon’s one-man-band Mike Coykendall knows there is no easy path. With a career that includes stints as a hired musical gun and producer, Coykendall lists M Ward, Blitzen Trapper, She & Him, Annalisa Tornfelt and Tin Hat Trio on his CV which spans the last three decades. For such a long career, it’s surprising Coykendall has to date released only three solo albums. Rectifying this, Half Past, Present Pending, his latest, will be released on 17 July.
Featuring a mix of disparate covers (Roger Miller, Syd Barrett), reimagined originals from his back pages and new compositions such as “Hard Landing,” a forlorn ballad of stark reality, Half Past, Present Pending is Coykendall’s attempt to capture the feel of his live performances where his “rig” of kick drum and cymbals is played in tandem with his guitar, resulting in various levels of passion and restraint.
Stream “Hard Landing” below and pre-order Half Past, Present Pending on vinyl, CD and digital formats via Fluff and Gravy Records.