(Photo by Daniel Kielman)
Following a monster 2013 that saw the release of his stellar sophomore LP MCII and a headlining gig at The Bay Brewed, Mikal Cronin has kept a relatively low profile so far 2014, playing a handful of California shows, prepping for a run of four summer festivals concluding with a stop at Outside Lands on August 8, and (quietly) participating in the latest release in Famous Class Records‘ LAMC (Less Artists More Condos) series.
Yes, back on April 1, Famous Class dropped LAMC #11 featuring Cronin’s “Soul In Motion” with Vancouver band Wand‘s “Screaming Eye” on the b-side. Cronin announced the release with a nonchalant Facebook post that just said “new song” with a link to Stereogum (which didn’t even have the premiere – Pitchfork had that honor). His contribution is yet another gem, as he again masterfully walks the oh-so-difficult-to-navigate line between melodic pop rock and heavy-as-fuck, head-banging, hair-flying guitar rock. This time around, he introduces some different elements to the game, including a drum machine, organ, and saxophone, but never fear – “Soul In Motion” is more Cronin goodness.
Vinyl copies of LAMC #11 are available on Famous Class’ website and Bandcamp, where the record is also available digitally. 100% of the digital proceeds going to the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save the Music – the non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America’s public school. Panero was a partner in Famous Class until his untimely death in 2010 at the age of 25.
Listen to “Soul In Motion” below.