Mikal Cronin by Mikal Cronin

Mikal Cronin would later to go onto fairly well known things but at the time of his self titled debut he was simply known as the guy from surf punks the Moonhearts. His solo work would take its influence from classic era 60s songwriters such as Harry Nilsson and Del Shannon charting a melodic path towards chiming guitar rock. Produced by Ty Segall and featuring John Dwyer, his debut now gets the re-issue treatment from Trouble in Mind.  

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Mikal Cronin by Mikal Cronin
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8/10 Mike 22 September 2011

This may be Mikal Cronin's debut solo album but he's already made some pretty influential friends as a member of the Moonhearts - Ty Segall is twiddling knobs and John Dwyer even pitches in with a little bit of jazz-rock fusion flute playing. You've gotta say fair enough, don't you. This album kicks off with some Beach Boys style a capella harmonies but they're a bit deceptive as after that we're much more on a straight garage rock tip. This guy's quite a formidable songwriter, though, and you can see how he's picked up such high profile admirers so quickly. 'Apathy' is a totally infectious post-grunge stomper that's taking me right back to the early '90s. To be honest given the personnel I was expecting this to be more garagey but although there's a definite In The Red-style fuzz over everything the songs are the stars here, with really bright and confident melodies bringing to mind the likes of Guided By Voices or sometimes even Teenage Fanclub. The consistency is high throughout, too. Just great pop songs under a film of greasy scuzz. Quite a discovery. It wouldn't surprise me if we're hearing a lot more about this man in the future.



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