Almost every day for the whole summer, whenever I played a song on Soundcloud Mikal Cronin's “Shout It Out” would play. Every time. Long after I have forgotten the sound of my own name, that opening guitar line will loop through my atrophied brain, and I will mistake it for the voice of my children. The video “Peace Of Mind” has Wild Flag's Mary Timony in a similar spot: she plays a wearied maid cleaning a hotel where almost every screen has Mikal Cronin playing. It goes on like this all day, until she finally snaps and takes a dive. Moderate your exposure to punk singer/songwriters, everyone.
MCII is out now on Merge Records.