Keith Alan Mitchell - On Surviving This Clumsy World

Keith Alan Mitchell

If you were worried that the days of sincere voices and thoughtful lyrics, in the same vein of of male singer/songwriters as David Gray or Tom Petty had long gone, fear not. Keith Alan Mitchell is here to set all things right again in your world. The San Francisco transplant self-produced his first solo album This Clumsy World (released June 20), a line from the song What it Means to Soar's chorus, with mastering completed by engineer and music maverick Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, The Shins).

"All the songs have to do with breaking free in some way; escaping, moving on, even disappearing." Hence the parachuting protagonist on the album's illustrated cover.

Lena Gustafson Bay Area artist/illustrator


This Clumsy World Tracks:

1. Been Buried (3:08)

2. Swaying (5:15)

3. You Just Disappear (3:15)

4. Crossed That Line (4:23)

5. What it Means to Soar (4:14)

6. Tavern Angeline (3:35)

7. The Feud (3:42)

8. Next Time (4:19)

9. Every Every (3:07)

10. The Low Way (3:01)

11. Diamond Blues (3:12)

12. Our Eyes (3:39)

Mitchell continues "that can be a good thing, like breaking out of old patterns or old disagreements, but it can also mean people moving away from each other, being adrift and not grounded." 

There are also many reflections of his own personal life's trials and turbulations throughout; The Feud was written when a former band of his broke up and no one could see eye to eye. Lyrics lament "This piece of land is mine" and how it's wanted back, commenting "we could talk this thing to death. But let’s not waste our breath." The Low Way is a liberating pro-union song, idealizing about a place where "there’s no one percent" and "no one’s high and mighty, and no one looks down. On an honest day’s work." Really capturing his folk roots, in a time when we rarely see that in music. 


This Clumsy World also features a variety of seasoned and up-and-coming Bay Area musicians. However, Mitchell usually performs solo, often including a favorite cover song or two amongst his many originals.

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