About Mister K
Cosmic Folk-Pop Balladeer Mister K brings harmony to a world eclipsed by darker days with his debut LP, “In Event of Moon Disaster”.
Forget Google Maps, Mister K (Kevin Kratsch) lives in a little yellow house at the end of the Milky Way. That house, once a historic rural Manitoba school, is a serendipitous dwelling for Mister K, a teacher-turned-troubadour. Sonically, his music draws parallel to the fragility and vulnerability of Neil Young with a pop-sparkle elevating his songs to “Beatlesque levels of catchiness” (Roots Music Canada).
But Mister K is much more than just music. His art transcends the musical realm by seamlessly weaving in his abilities as a photographer and digital artist. He is an artistic renaissance man with a reinvented art form rich with layers of hidden synchronicity between the visuals, lyrics, and soundscapes.
When the pandemic hit and the world was sent back home to work, Kevin found solace filming a fox den in his yard every day for three months. The resulting footage can be seen in the music video for his single, Harmony. With countless hours of remaining unused footage, Kevin has since compiled the extended scenes footage into a full length album music video for his debut Mister K LP, “In Event of Moon Disaster”.
Like so many in the world, the start of the pandemic was particularly challenging for Kevin. The foxes came at just the right time, he says, “anxiety got the better of me. I needed to shift my focus from the uncertainties of the future, to the present. Observing the foxes forced me to slow down and listen to not only my environment, but myself. I was given time to reflect, assess, and just sit with my being. It was a meditation I didn’t know I needed.”
Mister K’s debut album, “In Event of Moon Disaster” is a musical journey through highs and lows, a pendulum swung through the hardship of darker days. It is a story of overcoming adversity and ultimately emerging from the darkness with a story of hope.
The themes of this record were all too familiar for multi-award winning producer/humble musical genius, Rusty Matyas (The Sheepdogs, The Weakerthans, Imaginary Cities). Matyas had recently overcome a nearly fatal bout with alcoholism. In studio, the two found support, inspiration, and empowerment while breathing life into the songs; a testament to the strength of healing through music and art.
Kevin and Rusty employed all of their respective instrumental abilities in tracking the debut record, with the exception of the Ringo-esque percussion batted out by Glenn Radley (Gladly, Apollo Suns). The album is host to a wealth of sonic ‘easter eggs’, including, Kevin’s bulldog Luna (Latin: moon), performing a bell every time the lyric ‘moon’ is sung. If you listen hard enough, this is just one of many satellites you will find orbiting in the soundscape of Mister K’s debut record.