private interests – “i need you”

– featured image courtesy of the artist –

the best kinds of power-pop songs are packed full of indelible counterpoint.  on “i need you,” the lead-off single from private interest’s forthcoming debut ep, only for a moment, the minneapolis quartet pits a robust, busy bass line against chiming guitar chords, and then weaves a winding countermelody through that already-solid infrastructure.  throw an impassioned lead vocal and a scorching guitar solo on top and you’re left with one of the more impressive sub-two-minute singles to surface in recent memory.

only for a moment is out october 21st via the ever-important forged artifacts.  take a listen to “i need you” below.

listen to a new song from mikal cronin

photo courtesy of mike koozmin

mikal cronin’s bay area brand of diy ethos has yielded two appropriately sunny and surprisingly complex solo albums thus far: a self-titled in 2011 and 2013’s mcii.  he’ll follow up with mciii on may 5th with the help of merge records, an album that’s slated to be particularly ambitious if its second single is any indication.  “ii) gold” is reportedly the second part of a six-song cycle found in the back half of mciii, a bruising piece of power-pop that pounds away incessantly before shifting gears towards an unexpected acoustic breakdown.  it’s the kind of nuanced songwriting that’s come to be expected of cronin, but it’s still a treat to witness it happen.  spin “ii) gold” below.