MCIII is the third album from Californian singer-songwriter Mikal Cronin. Marked by the lush arrangements, stunning melodies, and deeply personal lyrical work for which Cronin is now known, the album is also a deliberate attempt to simply “go big.”
Written and recorded over the course of 2014, between long bouts of touring, MCIII finds the Laguna Beach native splitting his latest full-length statement into two distinct halves. On Side A, behold a shimmering tsunami of furious, undeniable pop songs. On Side B, marvel at a beautifully wrought concept record in miniature, built around the radiant retelling of what Cronin calls his “coming-of-age” story: After leaving California to go to school in the Pacific Northwest, he found himself alone and adrift, struggling with debilitating back pain and a dissolving sense of self. “It’s about a pivotal moment in my life that changed things, just within a couple of months,” he says. “It was a shifting point that sent me on the path to doing what I’m doing right now.”
As he did on his self-titled 2011 debut and 2013’s MCII, Cronin arranged and played nearly all of the record himself, including the tzouras, a traditional Greek string instrument he heard and subsequently bought while on tour in Athens. There’s French horn, saxophone, and trumpet. There are mood-altering crescendos and heartbreaking turns-of-phrase, guitars both gorgeous and pugnacious. No longer satisfied with the sound of “just one string player,” Cronin arranged parts for a full string quartet instead.
“It’s a continuation of what I’ve been trying to do up until now, but I’m finding a better way to do it,” he says. “I’m finding a more successful way of working those unexpected elements and textures and instruments into a rock record, of exploring that wormhole and mushing everything together harmoniously. I like riding the line between the two,” he adds. “I like finding new ways to bring different musical worlds together.”
Interested in a Cannabis Experience to top off the Sabertooth Micro Fest? Then check out our VIP Bus Tour!
Presented by The Daily Leaf & Oregon’s Cannabis Conceirge
2-4pm Saturday, February 6 – Free – All ages welcome – Beer tastings from Blasphemous Brew Fest
Keep the party moving, jump on the bus! The Daily Leaf brings you a fun little adventure ride through the stoners paradise of Portland. Once on the bus you will receive a goodie bag from The Daily Leaf and Sabertooth stuffed full of over $150 worth of party schwag! Enjoy complimentary Voodoo Doughnuts as you we make our way down towards the Crystal Ballroom. We will stop and tour Farma and receive 10% off any purchase and explore Farma with a guided walk through tour! Next stop is Sizzle Pie for a complimentary slice, and when ready you can make your way to the Blasphemous Brew Fest with some complimentary brew fest tokens to enjoy some creative concoctions, and why not stay for Red Fang, YOB, Witch Mountain, and Eternal Tapestry! The full Sabertooth experience is one wild ride!
First bus leaves Jackpot Records at 3pm
$60 – 21 and over