Wed November 6, 2019

Mikal Cronin

at The Independent (08:00 PM)

Mikal Cronin

On October 25,
Mikal Cronin
will release
Seeker
, his fourth and finest full
-
length to date.
Recorded live with a crew of close friends and engineer Jason Quever at Palmetto Studios in
Los Angeles, it finds Cronin pushing his often devastating power
pop
into darker
territory

from the isolation of “Show Me” to the desperation of “Fire” to the unadorned
heartache of “Sold.”
It comes with a backstory that feels like fate
. Cronin writes:
I was stuck. I’d had a rough few years. Relationships end, begin, and
end again. I had to stay
active, tour with other bands, make music through various other avenues

writer’s block is
real and it can crush you, scratching at an itch you can’t quite get. I needed to clean up, to
stop leaning on external crutches to get thro
ugh the anxiety. I needed to grow the fuck up.
I needed a change.
I went to the woods, to Idyllwild, a small town in the mountains of southern California. I spent
a month in a cabin there, alone with my cat, Ernie. It was so quiet and peaceful. I got w
eird
looks at the store. I got bug bites that didn’t heal for months. I walked around a small lake a
few times. I wrote.
I took literally something that’s usually a hypothetical, something every
artist thinks about doing. It worked: A large majority of
Seeker
was written and demoed
there.
But then I had to go, immediately. An arsonist had sparked a series of fires and the woods
exploded. I saw the flames coming up the hill as I packed up all my instruments and recording
equipment. Ernie hid under the be
d and was the last to go. I got him in the car just as the
police came up the street to help with evacuations. I ended up home in LA a few days early; a
small blessing because I was losing my mind a bit.
Once I was back, I was ready to make something. I
needed help. I found Jason [Quever] and his
studio. I collected as many friends as I could and brought them in to record live with me. I
needed the energy of a group of people in a room playing together

a simple concept but one
that I had never tried with
my own songs. Most of the record is backed by Ty Segall’s Freedom
Band. I play bass in this band. We had been touring and playing together for a long run over a
few years, so it seemed natural to stick together.
I aimed for nature. I wanted organic sounds
. I wanted to bring you into the room. Jason and I
talked about The Beatles’
White Album
a lot when placing mics. I brought a charred pine
cone from the woods to the studio, just in case it would help.
Fire

specifically its cycle of
purging and reseeding t
he landscape

is a central theme to the record. Death and rebirth.
I was looking for something: an
swers, direction, peace.
I am the seeker.

Mikal CroninOn October 25, Mikal Cronin will release Seeker , his fourth and finest full - length to date. Recorded live with a crew of close friends and engineer Jason Quever at Palmetto Studios in Los Angeles, it finds Cronin pushing his often devastating power pop in...
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