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Kenneth McMurtrie

Kenneth McMurtrie

Mikal Cronin - MCIII

 

On MCIII Mikal Cronin has aimed to “go big” with the soaring, poppier elements of his sound very much enhanced and to the fore. Strings are used to greater effect right from the off with ‘Turn Around’ gaining a balladeering quality from their inclusion.

Sounding closer to the likes of Alex Chilton or Teenage Fanclub than his more garage rock roots Cronin has certainly succeeded in lightening up his sound and the album comes across more like you’d expect the next Kurt Vile one to sound like rather than one on a path that seemed obvious for Cronin to take. As such whilst third track ‘Say’ contains the kind of drawn out mid-point guitar break (repeated at the close as well) that previous album MCII made great use of the cleaner sound of the production here renders it less of a compelling force.

The album’s obviously not distortion-free but, having slightly more polish than Cronin’s previous work, shades into rather generic territory a lot of the time. At this point you get the sense that fans will be clamouring for older songs in the live setting.

Side B of the album is described as a personal concept album in miniature but even before you get to the songs there you have the slow, string-heavy & mournful ‘I’ve Been Loved’ to get through. This fails, unfortunately, to be emotionally engaging and musically is kind of a drag. Thankfully the second side of the release begins promisingly with some more brio in the shape of ‘Alone’ and you can start to see Side A as having been a bit of an experiment with form and a warm up for the inclusion of all the previously mentioned newer elements into the tried & tested Cronin formula. Or possibly the better songs are just those that he’s invested more of himself and his life story in.  

MCIII is therefore an album striving for more depth than was contained in MCII but which works best, over tracks six to 11, when the earlier album’s template is fiddled with the least. Development and growth are never bad things but when you can still come up with barnstorming tracks such as ‘Ready’ it’s clear that your heart can be on your sleeve without dubious dabbles in maudlin territory.

Mikal Cronin is appearing at Beaches Brew, amongst other events & venues in Europe this Summer.

MCIII is available from amazon & iTunes.

Love Music Hate Racism - Glasgow Fundraiser

 

Racism and immigration is, sadly, going to be at the heart of this year’s general election, with both mainstream and fringe political parties employing the tactics of scapegoating immigrants for social and financial issues in today’s society. Building on the positivity generated by recent demonstrations in Glasgow against immigration curbs Love Music Hate Racism aims to challenge racist ideologies by inspiring intellectual debate on these topics ahead of and beyond the general election through a number of music-based events.

On Friday, 01 May at Stereo in Glasgow wonky indie-soul purveyors Pronto Mama, a Glaswegian sextet who released their Niche Market EP in the latter half of 2014 will be supported by Bigg Taj and LM (Young People Army), in a first time show for this exciting collaborative hip-hop duo of a Roma collective member and talented MC and the eclectic free jazz-meets-John Carpenter sounds of duo Cutty's Gym, a band whose discography equals the Sick Glass EP released last year.

The event will be compered by NorthernXposure’s Qyeen, with additional guests also speaking on the night and the event is kindly being sponsored by the Musicians’ Union and Unite Community.

A further event will follow on May 10 with a free screening of The Clash: Westway To The World film at the CCA in Glasgow. The Clash played an important role in the Anti-Nazi League, the precursor to Love Music Hate Racism, making it a wonderfully relevant choice of screening, which will be followed by a short discussion introduced by a panel of guests. The film screening is kindly being sponsored by Unite Community, and supported by the CCA itself.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowLMHR

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Gig Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1553794554875124/

Film Screening Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/984083311602106/

Gig tickets from Tickets Scotland: http://t-s.co/pron1

Love Music Hate RacismGlasgow Fundraiser
Friday,1st May2015
Stereo, Glasgow
19:00 –22:30
£5
Pronto Mama
BiggTajand LM (Young People Army)
Cutty's Gym
Racism and immigration is, sadly, going to be at the heart of this year
’s general election, withboth
mainstream and fringe political parties employing the tactics of scapegoating immigrants
for social
and financial issues in today’s society.
However, Scotland has had a great history of welcoming
immigrants and fighting racism across the country
.Recently, in support of immigration and
in
celebration of our diverse heritage andculture,there havebeen demonstrations in Glasgow, most
notably the many thousand strong anti
-racism rally on March 21st,
and at Dungavel Immigration
RemovalCentre.Building on this positivity we aim to challenge racist ideologies by inspiring
intellectual debate on these topics ahead of and beyond the general election through a number of
music-based events.
Love Music Hate Racism has been around since 2002, using the culture
of music to bring people
together. This year we will be furthering our commitment to fighting racism
through this medium
which knows no borders or boundaries,makingit an invaluable tool for the cause.
Our first gig on the year will be on Friday,1st May at Stereo in Glasgow.The night will be headlined
bywonky indie-soulpurveyorsPronto Mama,a Glaswegian sextet who released their Niche Market
EP in the latter half of 2014. Also performing will be Bigg Tajand LM (Young People Army), in a first
time show for this exciting collaborative hip-hop duoof a Roma collective member and talented MC.
Finally the eclectic free jazz meets John Carpenter sounds of duo Cutty's Gymround off the gig’s line-
up, a band whosediscography equals the Sick GlassEPreleased last year.
The event will be compered by NorthernXposure’sQyeen,with additional guests also speaking on the
night.
The gig kindly beingsponsored by the Musicians’Unionand Unite Community.
This event will be following up with a film screeningofThe Clash: Westway to the Worldon May 10th
at the CCA in Glasgow.The Clashplayed an important role in the Anti-Nazi League, the precursor to
Love Music Hate Racism, making it a wonderfully relevant choice of screening, which will be followed
by a short discussion introduced by a panel of guests.The film screening is kindly being sponsored by
Unite Community, and supported by the CCA itself.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowLMHR
 
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