Mikal Cronin's self-titled debut from 2011 was all about endings: the end of college, the end of a serious relationship, and the end of his time in Los Angeles, where he grew up. So it's no surprise that his sophomore release MCII-and first disc for Merge Records-is all about new beginnings.
New job! After a move to San Francisco, Cronin toured to support his debut album and also joined the band of old pal Ty Segall (with whom he had been playing in bands for close to a decade), eventually touring the U.S. and much of Europe.
New complexity! Cronin became enamored with a beat-up piano, which led to an expansion of his songwriting. "I wrote a lot on the piano this time," Cronin says ... READ MORE