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 and first disc for Merge Records—is all about new beginnings.
Mikal toured Europe already in Summer 2012 incuding shows at Roskilde Festival and BAM Festival, now with the new Release in the back Cronin is coming back, and its going to be really really good!
Mikal Cronin | Weight
“The term “garage rock” too often suggests a disregard for craftsmanship — the idea that distorted guitars and agreeably blaring arrangements leave no room for impeccability.
But Mikal’s second album, MCII, mixes shambling rock with a perfectionist ear with quality control, as its star (who plays most of the instruments himself) applies a beachy sparkle to 37 minutes of fresh, fun rock ‘n’ roll.
Mikal Cronin | Shout It Out
Thematically, MCII focuses on one guy’s efforts to process sweeping changes in his life — getting older, moving to a new town, falling into a new relationship — so it makes sense that it feels like the work of a young artist who’s both newly grown-up and still growing.
But the sneaky sophistication of its pop-rock sound is what really makes the record enduring: Inward-looking but notably less angst-ridden than its predecessor, MCII feels positively stuffed with briskly alluring, summer-ready, California-sunny earworms.” (Stephen Thompson, npr)
The History of Colour TV | 1-800-Badnite
Taking their main sonic cues from from the Shoegaze and fuzzed-out bands of the 90s, The History Of Colour TV’s songs advance in cascading duels of pop-sense versus noise-texture.
Propelled by a sonic charge of overdriven guitars, primitive drums and synth-induced soundscapes, the band interweave themes of sorrow and euphoria to form a glimmering evocation of a daydream in which the past has yet to be and the future has been forgotten.
Mikal Cronin & The History Of Colour Tv LIVE
Friday, 10 May 2013 | 21:00 CET
West Germany | Skalitzer Str. 133 | 10999 Berlin/Kreuzberg