Ariel Posen released "Mile End" and announces another string of tour dates01-12-2021
Hot on the tails of his last album, Headway, acclaimed guitarist and songwriter Ariel Posen is unveiled another new album, Mile End, last October.
“This album idea came to me once the rollout of Headway began,” says Posen. “I do so much solo guitar playing online and am known for that. As much as I love songs and singing, I wanted to appeal to the guitar players and musicians out there, while at the same time putting together an album of delicate and relaxing music that could be put on while making dinner and just mellowing out with a glass of wine or something. For the last 2 months, I've been posting ‘virtual voice memos’ on instagram which is a post that includes a collection of random solo guitar ideas I've had on video from over the last couple of years. Mile End is an album of improvised and completed visual voice memos (primarily because the entire album was filmed)."
Ariel Posen's music occupies the space between genres. It's a rootsy sound that nods to his influences — heartland rock & roll, electrified Americana, blue-eyed soul, R&B, Beatles-inspired pop — while still moving forward, pushing Posen into territory that's uniquely his own.
Posen began recording his last album, Headway, in December 2019, one week after wrapping up an international tour in support of his acclaimed debut, How Long. He'd been on the road for a year and a half, playing shows across the U.K., Europe, America, and his native Canada. Along the way, Posen had received standing ovations not only from his audiences, but also from outlets like Rolling Stone, who dubbed him "a modern-day guitar hero,".
Coming back home to Winnipeg, he began sifting through the new songs he'd written between tour dates. Many of them had already been tested on the road, their arrangements whittled into shape by a group of road warriors at the top of their game. Practically all of them were about the process of evolution — of making progress in life, love, and all points in between. Those themes were reflected in the music itself, which presented a crisper, clearer picture of Posen as a songwriter. If How Long had been his introduction to the roots-music world, then Headway was something different: a sharply-defined snapshot of a musician who has truly crystallized his sound.
10/02: Nijmegen, NL - Merleyn - SOLD OUT
05/10: Nijmegen, NL - Doornroosje
06/10: Eindhoven, NL - Effenaar
07/10: Rotterdam, NL - Rotown
08/10: Utrecht, NL - TivoliVredenburg
09/10: Groningen, NL - Oosterpoort