Photo: Katie Small

Released on November 30, Mickey Newball‘s soulful “Betting on Bad Weather” is a compelling and charismatic announcement of his entrance to the Bay Area music scene.

Appropriately self-aware, Mickey Newball’s debut single and video allude to a complex reality beneath the entertainer. “Betting on Bad Weather” evinces a maturity not only in his sardonic existentialism but in how to craft a quality song.

Based in Santa Cruz, Mickey Newball writes and records tunes in his home studio on the California coast. Explaining his music, Mickey says, “Each song provides a window into the circus of my mind; filled with fantastic misfits, surreal self-analysis, impending doom and lost love.”

“Betting on Bad Weather” is a balanced union of the old and new. There are shades of Dr. Dog, Steve Winwood, Father John Misty, and even some Pink Floyd. With rich textural choices, clever lyrics, and a great vocal performance, it’s a strong start for Mickey Newball.

Check out his music video filmed and produced by Katie Small: