by Anne Erickson | originally published at NoiseBlog
Locally, Howell-based folk-rock group Mike Vial and the Great Lake Effect release their new EP, Where the Sand Meets the Tide online on Cyber Monday (Nov. 28). Musically, the collection combines gentle folk with harder-edge pop-rock, utilizing unique chord progressions and relatable lyrics. Songs like “Love & Be Proud” and “Empty Cup” mix folk passages with digestible choruses, molding a sort of brainy folk-pop hybrid that appeals to mainstream fans and indie-tempered listeners. The tracks are entertaining, from-the-heart and stylishly performed.