Micah Erenberg is a diversely talented multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer from Manitoba. His lyrics are a mosaic of stories, thoughts and reactions from small town, big ideas Canada; the land of few people and vast, flat, lake laden landscape. Erenberg’s music is charming, witty, and authentic. His full disclosure style of writing makes for captivating, poetic and gracefully heartbreaking songs that display an honesty and talent that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Recently signed to Sleepless Records, today he shares the perfectly imperfect jam “Somewhere Beyond The Ocean” and the video created by Colin Medley featuring some of Manitoba’s most hidden gem locales and locals. Together, the song and video are a match made in Winnipeg winter heaven. For the video, “Colin wanted a diner, an industrial park and a toboggan hill,” says Erenberg. “The Oldie, Gimli Airport, and Pope’s Hill. We conjured up a group of lovely hooligans, embraced the cold and had a blast.”
“Sometimes it can feel like we’re stuck in our lives, whether that’s working a crummy job, or living in a country where it’s cold most of the year,” says Medley. “With this video I wanted to show that there’s always an escape, whether it’s escaping into your own imagination or ditching work to go tobogganing with all your closest buddies.”
“Where to begin,” says Erenberg of the track. “This is a song that I wrote almost ten years ago. I remember the house. I remember the party. I remember the reports of my friend getting knocked out after I left. I remember the face of the person who did it. Around that time, the opening lyrics described a lot of the people in my social circles, and probably myself more than I would like to admit. I wanted to write about the feeling you get when you step away from that lifestyle. Bad habits are still habits and its harder to walk away from them than it seems.”
Originally released as an acoustic version on one of Erenberg’s earlier DIY albums “Somewhere Beyond The Ocean” is now a rock song, but still features layers of the original recording from many years ago. The song’s meaning has also evolved over time. “I remember being asked the meaning of the closing lyric,” says Erenberg. “I had initially imagined it in a conversation between lovers and had never quite understood its placement. After being asked to explain it, I realized that it was more accurately describing a common situation in modern Social Justice. It wasn’t until then that I may have truly understood what the song meant to me. More likely is that I still do not know.”