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Editors’ Notes

Mikal Cronin (Moonhearts, Ty Segall) surprised some fans with his unabashed affection for '60s-style pop on his self-titled 2011 debut. Known for his hand in creating loud and grimy garage rock in those collaborations, Cronin stretches out to some pop-friendly territory when he's on his own. Though the noise factor makes frequent appearances, it's usually in the form of a clear melody or in colorful bursts between sweeter slabs of sounds. The first track, "Weight" throws open the doors to MCII with a familiar blast of scuzz-toned guitars. But they have a sunny disposition, and Cronin's melodic vocals sail breezily above the inarguably pretty, stripped-down bridges. The jangly guitar and semi-sweet violin on "Peace of Mind" veer near '70s pop-radio territory, while "Turn Away" pulls off the unlikely feat of blending '90s post-grunge and power pop. Cronin is a one-man band here, with visits paid by friends from Thee Oh Sees, Moonhearts, and Ty Segall himself, but MCII never feels myopic or lacking in ideas. Cronin is a force to watch.

Customer Reviews

Piano Mantra Problems

MCII is an excellent, breezy, garage pop album that ranks among the year's best. However, the track "Piano Mantra" had some trouble downloading and only wrote the first 1:30 or so into my library. Might just be a release day issue

This will be good

the two songs released so far, me very limey. look forward to this release, thank you cronin

Mikal Cronin!!!!!

I love this guy!! His music is so upbeat and awesome!


Born: December 26, 1985 in Laguna Beach, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Playing garage-accented pop that reveals more than a passing influence of indie rock from the 1980s and '90s, Mikal Cronin was raised in Laguna Beach, California, where as a teenager he developed a passion for both surfing and rock & roll. While attending Laguna Beach High School, he fell in with a handful of like-minded music fans and formed a band that played local parties. Cronin left California for a few years to attend Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, but returned to continue his education...
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