Mikal Cronin just premiered the music video for “Change,” from his excellent new album MCII.
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.
“Since the first record came out, my life has changed quite a bit,” Cronin says, referencing his move to San Francisco and tours with Ty Segall as well as with his own band. “I was presented with a whole new slew of problems and situations that I was trying to work through.” “Am I Wrong” and “Shout It Out” dissect his fears over a new relationship, while “I’m Done Running from You” and “Weight” find him freaking out about what it means to grow up in the 21st century.
Directed by Claire Marie Vogel, the video follows the antics of a wild house party. In their premiere, SPIN writes, “So for its video, Cronin brings [“Change”] to a house party for friends and strangers alike, including an invisible kid who makes good use of the song’s dizzying final minute.” (Merge)
Mikal Cronin will play The Casbah with Mrs. Magician on May 23.