Mark Mulcahy – Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You – CD
Armed with his trusty Epiphone and his wonderfully emotive vocals, Mark Mulcahy recorded the new album in Northampton, Massachusetts with Henning Ohlenbusch. The album was mixed by Grammy-winning producer Paul Q. Kolderie, who has made some of the most important records of the past two decades by artists including Radiohead, The Pixies, Hole, Morphine, Uncle Tupelo, Warren Zevon and Dinosaur Jr. The record was mastered by Mark’s longtime collaborator Myles Mangino.
Mark Mulcahy is the former singer of Miracle Legion, an American rock band of the late 80s, early 90s who were signed to Rough Trade. Following the demise of the band, Mark’s solo career began with Fathering, an album that received universal praise including Album Of The Month in Uncut and Album Of The Week in The Guardian and featured the track “Hey Self Defeater” which was featured in Nick Hornby’s book 31 Songs.
From there followed albums Smilesunset and In Pursuit Of Your Happiness, several tours of the UK and Europe, countless radio sessions and huge critical acclaim for both his songwriting prowess and his remarkable voice. In 2008 he put everything on hold to look after his children following the tragic death of his wife. To assist him through these troubled times many of his long-time fans in the music industry banded together to record an album of his songs as a tribute to his wife and the result was 2009’s Ciao My Shining Star, featuring the likes of Michael Stipe, Thom Yorke, Frank Black, Mercury Rev, Dinosaur Jr and The National.
Last year Mark made a long-awaited return to the UK for a brief series of shows in London, Manchester and Oxford whilst performing a slot at The National’s All Tomorrow’s Parties at the end of last year. Mark is due to return to these shores in August for End of the Road Festival and a headline show at London’s Lexington.
Praise for ‘Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You’:
“it appears Mulcahy’s been busy reinventing himself as a Lou Reedesque street poet. Rich with broken yet proud hustlers, it’s gritty urban dramas never became too heavy-hearted, the breezy tunes blowing through like prime Jonathan Richman.”
“a set of lean and seductively freewheeling, vaguely alt-country toned pop songs with a knockabout cool and great arrangements, that show off the singer’s trademark, wryly reflective lyrics to a T.”
“melodic, funny and strange” Mail on Sunday 4*s
Guardian 4 *s