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Danny Michel, Khlebnikov
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Danny Michel KHLEBNIKOV
  1. INLET
  2. KHLEBINIKOV
  3. 24,000 HORSES
  4. HOMELESS
  5. LIFEBOAT
  6. QILAKITSOQ
  7. FALL (FEATURING CHRIS HADFIELD)
  8. THE DISHWASHER'S DREAM
  9. DOWN DOWN DOWN
  10. OUTLET

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Jan 13, 2017

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By
Judith Lynch

In 2016, singer-songwriter Danny Michel was invited by Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield to spend some time on a Soviet icebreaker as it cruised through the Northwest Passage.

Michel spent 18 days on the ship, and in that time he challenged himself to write a collection of songs. He turned his cabin into a makeshift studio — using bathrobes to baffle the sound — and proceeded to invite guests into his studio to record with him. Col. Hadfield, being fluent in Russian, sang a Russian folk song with the ship's dishwashing crew while Michel provided the English translation. Even the massive horsepower of the Khlebnikov inspired Michel's music.

"One evening at 4 a.m. I woke to massive muffled booms and thuds of the Khlebnikov lurching through the Arctic ice," Michel says in a press release. "Too curious to sleep I put on all my gear and went outside to see what was happening. There alone, at the bow, I witnessed one of the most glorious moments of my life: under an endless sky and midnight sun, I watched pieces of ice the size of tennis courts break, flip and bounce around like bowling pins under the hull of the mighty Khlebnikov. Later that day I wrote '24,000 Horses.'"

Khlebnikov will be released on Jan. 20. You can pre-order the album here.