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Conceived and recorded as a sort of therapy to help cope with adjusting to post-college life, an ensuing break-up and geographic isolation Mikal Cronin steps momentarily away from the rhythm section of Orange County surf-punk bashers, The Moonhearts with his debut solo album.
Fans can take heart, this isn’t a ‘vanity project’ or half-baked endeavour – Mikal’s solo debut is fully realized, cohesive and beautiful. With themes that are personal as they are universal; questioning the future, accepting the past and living in the moment.
Taking influences such as the late 60's Del Shannon and The Everly Brothers and filtering them through his own mutant Californian fuzz, Mikal deftly explores his singer-songwriter side that at moments feel like a punk Harry Nilsson or Curt Boettcher - balancing sweet melodies and chords with chunky, psychedelic guitar freakouts. filtering them through his own mutant California fuzz.
With long time friend and collaborator, Ty Segall producing, Eric Bauer (Ty Segall, Royal Baths) running the tape machine and guest like John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees, you can be sure you’re in for something special. Once those guitars kick in, and you hit the first transcendent chorus, you’ll be hooked….
- Is It Alright
- The Way Things Go
- Green & Blue
- Get Along
- Slow Down
- Again & Again
- Hold On Me
"Cronin's music owes a heavy debt to 1960s pop, mostly T. Rex and the Beatles (the sax outro on "Apathy" is weirdly reminiscent of the Beatles "Hey Jude", but his tunes aren't precious period reconstructions. They're delivered with the gritty, gnarly abandon of a Black Flag fan trying to come to terms with their parents' record collection."
"with songs that are frustrated and energetic but flagged with uncertainty and doubt. The songs kick hardest when those melancholy sentiments collide with his crunching, chugging psychedelic urges--when the volume is blasting in both the amps and the emotions." - Pitchfork