Mitch McAteer is a Northern Irish alt-folk singer-songwriter, who releases his debut EP ‘Lost in the Wild’. Debut single ‘I Hate That I Love You’ was the first taster to Mitch’s EP and saw national airplay and online support from Earmilk. The gravitas of Mitch’s voice finds a home alongside the EP’s sombre guitar and lazy, rolling drums and there are moments where his raw vocals recall artists such as Ray LaMontagne and Nathaniel Rateliff, his gruff timbre escalating to a confessional howl at times.
The EP was recorded in the Irish countryside over just four days and a major inspiration for the EP’s production style was Nashville producer Dave Cobb’s live approach to recording. Mitch drafted in friends and family to come play on the tracks and recorded everything live. He is a firm believer that this vintage form of production connects with people more organically because the feelings of the musicians are more present. This old-school approach to recording aims to “capture the truth in human errors” and reflects Mitch’s love for and deep connection to the music.
It was important for Mitch to record his music in isolation, similar to when he wrote the tracks. The turning point in Mitch’s creative journey came when he returned from London to a mobile home on the fringes of his uncle’s farm. He craved space to think and process, and no wifi and a £10 mobile phone helped perfectly to achieve that. The beauty of his Co. Down homeland allowed him to open up creatively. He was inspired by the dynamics of the scenery, the changing seasons, the cycle from dull misty mornings to warm summer evenings. After months of writing in isolation, the songs evolved into the ‘Lost in the Wild’ EP – a remarkable collection which Mitch humbly describes as just “a wee family of songs”.