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.
amanda harper makes music as running in the fog, and the very nature of her music is indicative of the moniker she has chosen. after offering up glitchy, mood-centric slices like “desire” and “sail” off of last year’s silver ep, the san franciscan has returned with “$ign$,” the first single off of her upcoming full-length for unspeakable records. while clearly well-informed by the constructs of r&b, this new running in the fog cut also showcases a purposeful use of depth, with harper’s vocals placed squarely in the middle of a spacious cavern also occupied by a team of dark, brooding synthesizers. take a listen and grab a download of “$ign$” below.