Seeker (due out October 25, 2019 on Merge Records) is Mikal Cronin’s 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. “Fire—specifically its cycle of purging and reseeding the landscape—is a central theme to the record. Death and rebirth,” says Mikal. “I was looking for something: answers, direction, peace. I am the seeker.”
Cronin is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Los Angeles, CA. Since 2011 he has released three full length albums under his own name, alongside contributions to various recordings with artists such as Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, King Tuff, Shannon & the Clams and many more. He has been playing bass in Ty Segall’s touring band for the past 8 years. Mikal lives in Los Angeles with his cat Ernie.
The first time I saw Shannon my heart was broken into a million pieces. I had known her from her wonderful punk band Feels as the lead guitarist who shouted back up, but I wasn’t sure what to expect from her performing solo. But there she was – at a small bar in Los Angeles to maybe 15 people watching while she sat in a chair with an electric guitar on her knee, orange hair covering her face and a picture of Bart Simpson projected behind her. She began her set and my heart stopped the moment her voice leaped into the air – and I did what I do in those rare situations – I recorded it.