Of all the breakups in Mike Krol’s songs, the most harrowing story is about his breakup with music. Music ruined Krol’s life. And then saved it. In chronicling that process, Krol has made his best record—Power Chords, Krol’s new Merge release is painful, voyeuristic, and angry, but ultimately transcendent and timeless. It is the sound of Krol giving in to a force greater than himself, as though the chords are playing him rather than the other way around.
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