San Francisco, CA
6:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Mikal Cronin’s second album MCII (out now on Merge Records) is a sinfully catchy collection of power-pop tunes, perfect for scratching that Beatlesesque pop itch. Though he had an excellent first album and he plays bass for Ty Segall, MCII takes Cronin beyond second fiddle and puts him up front and center.
Mikal Cronin's self-titled debut from 2011 was all about endings: the end of college, the end of a serious relationship, and the end of his time in Los Angeles, where he grew up. So it's no surprise that his sophomore release MCII is all about new beginnings.
Recorded in late 2012 by Eric Bauer at Bauer Mansion in San Francisco (except for "Don't Let Me Go," which was recorded by Cronin at home), MCII includes guest appearances by K. Dylan Edrich (viola and violin on "Weight," "Peace of Mind," "Change," and "Piano Mantra"), Charles Moothart (drums on "Change" and "Turn Away"), Ty Segall (guitar solos on "Am I Wrong" and "I'm Done Running from You"), and Petey Dammit (slide guitar on "Peace of Mind").
Other than these few exceptions, Cronin played all of the instruments. "It all makes total sense to me, but when I step back, it sounds kind of schizophrenic," Cronin says. "Hopefully it all sounds enough like me to make sense."
Also catch him at the Rickshaw Stop on May 25th.
Mikal Cronin - Change from Merge Records on Vimeo.