Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You by Mark Mulcahy on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Author Nick Hornby included a song by Mark Mulcahy in his 2002 book 31 Songs, a collection of essays on tunes that carry a particular emotional impact for him. Included alongside tracks by the likes of Springsteen, Dylan, and Patti Smith was Mulcahy’s “Hey Self-Defeater.” After a brief, clandestine affair with semi-fame in the ‘80s and ‘90s with his superb band Miracle Legion, Mulcahy continues to make music that reaches somewhat limited circles, which is a shame. He’s one of the best songwriters around today, admired by the likes of Michael Stipe, Mark Eitzel, and Thom Yorke. It’s his music that speaks loudest, and on this—Mulcahy’s fourth full-length album since the late ‘90s and the first since his wife's tragic death in 2008—the artist shows his range and skill with stunning confidence. The see-sawing acoustic guitars and cooing backup singers on the opening “I Taketh Away” and the vehement “Where’s the Indifference Now?” (a song about the public spectacle surrounding Heath Ledger’s death) bookend nine more superb and uniquely American tunes.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Author Nick Hornby included a song by Mark Mulcahy in his 2002 book 31 Songs, a collection of essays on tunes that carry a particular emotional impact for him. Included alongside tracks by the likes of Springsteen, Dylan, and Patti Smith was Mulcahy’s “Hey Self-Defeater.” After a brief, clandestine affair with semi-fame in the ‘80s and ‘90s with his superb band Miracle Legion, Mulcahy continues to make music that reaches somewhat limited circles, which is a shame. He’s one of the best songwriters around today, admired by the likes of Michael Stipe, Mark Eitzel, and Thom Yorke. It’s his music that speaks loudest, and on this—Mulcahy’s fourth full-length album since the late ‘90s and the first since his wife's tragic death in 2008—the artist shows his range and skill with stunning confidence. The see-sawing acoustic guitars and cooing backup singers on the opening “I Taketh Away” and the vehement “Where’s the Indifference Now?” (a song about the public spectacle surrounding Heath Ledger’s death) bookend nine more superb and uniquely American tunes.

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About Mark Mulcahy

Akin to the Jonathan Richman of jangle pop, Mark Mulcahy is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter who hails from New England. Mulcahy first rose to prominence in the '80s with his band Miracle Legion, who released a string of albums up through the mid-'90s before the band dissolved. It was then that Mulcahy, along with a couple of his Miracle Legion cohorts, would go on to create Polaris, a group that would serve as the "house band" of the influential Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete and Pete. Along with his work with other bands, Mulcahy has also had a substantial solo career, beginning in 1997 with Fathering, which was released on his own label, Mezzotint Records. An EP, I Just Shot Myself in the Foot Again, arrived in 2000, along with another full-length, Smilesunset, the following year. In 2005 Mulcahy delivered two releases, the full-length In Pursuit of Your Happiness and an EP, Love's the Only Thing That Shuts Me Up. After the passing of his wife Melissa in 2008, Mulcahy was the subject of the tribute album Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy. Featuring artists like Thom Yorke, the National, Michael Stipe, and Frank Black, the album showed the reach that his music has had over the years. After taking a step back from music, Mulcahy did a handful of reunion shows with Polaris in 2012 before releasing his fourth full-length, Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You, in 2013. In 2016, Mulcahy reunited with Miracle Legion for a concert tour, which was documented with a live album, 2017's Annulment. Also in 2017, Mulcahy released his sixth solo album, The Possum in the Driveway. ~ Gregory Heaney

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