CMU Approved

Approved: Mikal Cronin

By | Published on Tuesday 27 January 2015

Mikal Cronin

Mikal Cronin was one of my highlights of The Great Escape in 2013. You probably can’t tell, but between that last sentence and this one I stopped and thought about his show for a second and smiled to myself. That’s how good it was. Did that communicate the quality of the show? No. But at least you know I’m capable of smiling.

Back then, the Ty Segall associate was playing largely songs from his second album, ‘MCII’ (the follow-up to 2011’s ‘Mikal Cronin’). What really shone through on that record, and in his transfixing performance, was the sheer quality of his songwriting. Tracks like, in particular, ‘Change’, display a talent deserving of a much wider audience.

Now he’s back with the first single from his third album, the inventively-titled ‘MCIII’, which is due out on 5 May. ‘Made My Mind Up’ again shows off that songwriting skill, with an infectious guitar riff to worm into your subconscious and an unexpected volume drop early on to really focus the attention.

You can listen to it now below, and you’ll also be about to get the live experience when Cronin plays the 100 Club in London on 1 Jun.