Mark Mulcahy of Miracle Legion, Polaris reemerges with new LP

Mark Mulcahy — former frontman of New Haven bands Miracle Legion and Polaris — recently released a new LP, his first in eight years.

The indie hero’s fifth studio album, “Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You” (Fire Records) represents the long-awaited return of the musician, who went on hiatus to raise his two young daughters following the unexpected death of his wife in 2008.

At the time, friends and admirers — Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, among others — covered 21 of Mulcahy’s songs for a 2009 fundraiser tribute album, “Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy.”

Although Mulcahy never penetrated the mainstream, he became a favorite among indie and college rock audiences, as well as fans of the Nickelodeon’s “The Adventures of Pete & Pete,” for which his band, Polaris, performed the show’s opening theme.

Mulcahy is scheduled to perform at MASS MoCa, which takes place Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23. Connecticut fans can catch him before then at the Daffodil Festival in Meriden on Saturday, April 27 and after, at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden on Friday, July 12.

Listen to the first single from Mulcahy’s new album, “She Makes the World Turn Backwards,” below:

Scott Gargan