Mike Bern takes a transformative journey to the sweat lodge in his swirling and soothing new single and animated video Reverberation — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The latest release from the Indigenous New Brunswick singer-songwriter merges his signature acoustic-folk melodicism with an ethereal soundscape to bring the meditative experience of the sweat lodge to life.
“In the lodge, you are sitting at the center of four directions,” says Bern. “In the ceremony, you pray to all directions in which they all represent. Songs and prayers are offered during the ceremony. And the beat will roll on. The drum and chanting bring the spirits into the ceremony. The drum is the heartbeat of Mother Earth and creation of all living things.”
Already transcending artistic barriers with acclaimed international success and four singles charting on the Indigenous Music Countdown — his most recent song No Words For Goodbye hit No. 1 — the Tobique First Nation artist has been carving his own path since leaving award-winning bands like Kickin Krotch and District Avenue.
Bern’s artistry has also been showcased at the 2018 Olympic Games, along with multiple Native American Music Awards nominations. He has also played more prominent stages, opening up for bands like Seaway, The Trews, One Bad Son and The Motorleague.