Mickelson Announces Single, “Plastic, Vinyl & Leather”
The new single from singer-songwriter Mickelson, “Plastic, Vinyl & Leather” is a powerfully anthemic wave turning the page of a fresh chapter. With a swell of emotion drawing from overcoming years of crippling depression, the single finds the balance between strong, subtle, unexpected, and sophisticated. It is the first single off the upcoming album, A Wondrous Life, due out May 4.
“Plastic, Vinyl & Leather” may have started as a collection of phrases and words jotted down on scraps of paper, but its musical thesis extends far beyond. Beginning as a spark, the melody smolders and gathers layers of vocal harmonies, direction, and instrumentation, each of which Mickelson performed himself. The song was written for a long time therapist who helped Mickelson out of a depression that turned him away from music for the better part of eight years. With this backstory in mind, “Plastic, Vinyl & Leather” becomes even more of a statement. It’s drenched in the resilience of the human spirit. “I’m running as fast as these legs will take me” aren’t just lyrics on a page. They’re a message of blood, sweat, and tears which never back down.
Like a character in a John Steinbeck novel, the experiences Mickelson has accumulated over his life’s journey have developed him as a person, and that soul finds its center in his songwriting. Though a component of his formula, adversity never dominates the message. He explains, “I would say that I’m living proof that we can overcome crushing defeats, depression and any personal traumas with some help, patience and understanding. It’s all about perspective. I try to stay away from the ‘poor me, my struggles, life is hard’ stuff. That’s fine but it should be done in a creative, not literal way. That’s why I love writers like Tom Waits. Great narratives, great visuals, humor and pain all mixed in.”
A Wondrous Life Track Listing
- Plastic, Vinyl & Leather
- No Such Luck
- Hail Marys
- Crazy Is The Only Place For A Saint
- Motherless Son
- Guard Dog
- When I Paint My Halo Gold
- Bitter Sea
- B. Wilson
Mickelson has performed at the top venues including The Fillmore, Great American Music Hall, and CBGBs. He has opened for acts including: Nick Lowe, Dr. John and Peter Case and appears in numerous publications including NPR, Huffington Post, CBS Morning Show, and Alternative Press Magazine. His upcoming album, A Wondrous Life, is due out in May.