Mikal Cronin – “Show Me” [Video]

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Mikal Cronin will release Seeker, his fourth full-length to date, on October 25th via Merge Records. In conjunction with today’s announcement, he presents the lead single / video, “Show Me.” In the video, directed by Yasi Salek, Cronin sings as he drives a 1964 Ford Falcon, while frequent collaborators and friends play instruments in the backseat.

“‘Show Me’ is a song about feeling small in an overwhelming world,” says Cronin. “There’s a not-quite-subtle hint of the Heartbreakers in the instrumentation and arrangement, having asked many friends to play or sing. It’s one of my favorite songs from the album, I hope you like it too.”

Following a few rough years of touring, relationships beginning and ending, and writer’s block, Cronin decided to make a change. He packed up and retreated to Idyllwild, a small town in the mountains of southern California, where he spent a month in the cabin, alone. The solitude proved fruitful, with the bulk of Seeker being written and demoed during this time period. “It was so quiet and peaceful. I got weird looks at the store. I got bug bites that didn’t heal for months,” says Cronin. “I walked around a small lake a few times. I wrote. I took literally something that’s usually a hypothetical, something every artist thinks about doing. It worked.”

After a series of fires sparked by an arsonist forced Cronin to evacuate immediately, he returned a few days early to LA and began the recording process at Palmetto Studios. There, engineer Jason Quever and a crew of close friends helped bring the album together. The record was backed by Ty Segall’s Freedom Band. Nature fresh on his mind, he was driven to use organic sounds. “I wanted to bring you into the room. Jason and I talked about the Beatles’ White Album a lot when placing mics,” says Cronin. “I brought a charred pine cone from the woods to the studio, just in case it would help. Fire—specifically its cycle of purging and reseeding the landscape—is a central theme to the record. Death and rebirth.”

Cronin will tour across North America in support of Seeker. All tour dates are on sale and can be found below.
Seeker is available for pre-order in the Merge store HERE.

Fri. Oct. 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Wed. Nov. 6 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Fri. Nov. 8 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Sat. Nov. 9 – Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret
Sun. Nov. 10 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
Mon. Nov. 11 – Missoula, MT @ The Badlander
Thu. Nov. 14 – Saint Paul, MN @ Turf Club
Fri. Nov. 15 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Sat. Nov. 16 – Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx
Sun. Nov. 17 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
Mon. Nov. 18 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
Tue. Nov. 19 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
Wed. Nov. 20 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Fri. Nov. 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Sat. Nov. 23 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
Sun. Nov. 24 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
Mon. Nov. 25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Tue. Nov. 26 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
Wed. Nov. 27 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
Sat. Nov. 30 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
Sun. Dec. 1 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Mon. Feb. 10 – Munich, DE @ Milla
Tue. Feb. 11 – Cologne, DE @ Bumann & SOHN
Wed. Feb. 12 – Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
Thu. Feb. 13 – Aarhus, DK @ TAPE
Fri. Feb. 14 – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen
Sat. Feb. 15 – Stockholm, SE @ Nalen
Mon. Feb. 17 – Oslo, NO @ Ingensteds
Tue. Feb. 18 – Gothenburg, SE @ Oceanen
Wed. Feb. 19 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow (SkyBar)
Thu. Feb. 20 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
Fri. Feb. 21 – Brussels, NE @ Botanique
Sat. Feb. 22 – Paris, FR @ Petit Bain
Mon. Feb. 24 – Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
Tue. Feb. 25 – London, UK @ Moth Club
Wed. Feb. 26 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Thu. Feb. 27 – Glasgow, UK @ The Hug & Pint
Fri. Feb. 28 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Sat. Feb. 29 – Brighton, UK @ The Hope & Ruin

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