Mark Mulcahy of Miracle Legion and Pete & Pete themesongers Polaris has released a new EP for Bandcamp Friday. It’s titled The Tinsler and features covers of songs by Mitski, boygenius, Faye Webster, Adrianne Lenker, and Laufey.
“The last few years I’ve been driving a lot and listening to loads of music,” Mark says. “All the way back to daily Hamilton, TS (original), Dua Lipa (and Da Baby), Sprach Zarathustra, too much Fleetwood Mac and just enough Elton John. All that stuff stayed in the mix, but pretty soon it was Phoebe Bridgers every other song. Then Lucy Dacus, Adrianne Lenker, Mitski, Clairo, Beabadoobee and Laufey. A pretty steady ear diet of lady singers and writers is all they ever played. Solitary confinement where no man can be heard. Maybe The Strokes, but I was surrounded by all this wonderful music, and even though I made them shut it off sometimes and put on Toys in the Attic, I love so much of it. When boygenius started rolling I hitchhiked along and was amazed.”
Mark adds, “So this little record is some kind of summary tribute to the time spent listening and learning and crying and laughing. I’m happy to know there’s still reams and buckets and pontoon boats full of great music being made by people I never heard of. It was easy covering these songs cause they’re burned into my brain and they remind of some beautiful drives to no place in particular.”
Mark puts his own spin, along with his warm and weathered vocal style, on all five of the songs, and you can listen below.