Mikal Cronin will release MCII in May.
Listen to the first track "Weight" now at Pitchfork.com.
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.
“Since the first record came out, my life has changed quite a bit,” Cronin says, referencing his move to San Francisco and tours with Ty Segall as well as with his own band. “I was presented with a whole new slew of problems and situations that I was trying to work through.” “Am I Wrong” and “Shout It Out” dissect his fears over a new relationship, while “I’m Done Running from You” and “Weight” find him freaking out about what it means to grow up in the 21st century.
In their "Best New Track" write-up of "Weight," Pitchfork describes the track, "As it revs towards its conclusion ("Take me from myself!"), "Weight" conjures the sort of bittersweet, soul-weary melodies Alex Chilton was writing on Big Star's Third-- the kind that found the sweet spot between polish and nonchalance. It might be Cronin's most impressively crafted song yet, but it's still got a characteristic case of bedhead."
Listen to "Weight" now at Pitchfork
Mikal is taking his band on tour in May with more dates still being added, so stay tuned! And watch a fun live video of the Mikal Cronin band performing "Weight" at 35 Denton a couple of weeks ago.
Pre-order MCII now on CD or LP + limited “Mikal Cronin edition” tie-dyed Merge logo t-shirts in the Merge store.
Mikal Cronin on tour:
Apr 13 Bloomington, IN Indiana University Culture Shock Festival
May 23 San Diego, CA The Casbah w/ Mrs. Magician
May 24 Los Angeles, CA The Echo w/ Pangea & Gap Dream
May 25 San Francisco, CA The Rickshaw Stop #
June 6 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios ^
June 7 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern ^
June 8 Missoula, MT Old Beck VFW Post 209 ^
June 10 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry ^
June 13 – 15 Toronto, ON Silver Dollar (NXNE Festival)
June 16 Montreal, Quebec La Divan Orange ^
June 17 Boston, MA Great Scott w/ Shannon and the Clams & Roomrunner
June 18 Philly, PA Kung Fu Necktie w/ Shannon and the Clams & Roomrunner
June 20 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom ^
June 21 Washington DC Comet Ping Pong w/ Shannon and the Clams & Roomrunner
June 22 Asheville, NC Emerald Lounge w/ Greg Cartwright & Shannon and the Clams
June 23 Atlanta, GA The Earl ^
June 24 Nashville, TN The Stone Fox ^
June 26 Dallas, TX Club Dada ^
June 27 Austin, TX Mohawk Inside ^
June 28 Marfa, TX Padre’s
June 29 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
July 19 Chicago, IL Pitchfork Festival
^ w/ Shannon and the Clams