Since drifting onto the scene in early 2012, Mac DeMarco has captured hearts with his low-fi guitar melodies and do-it-yourself approach to the music industry. He may be known for his slacker attitude, but DeMarco is anything but when it comes to production. With 2 critically acclaimed albums to his belt, 2 (2012) and Salad Days (2014), the 25 year-old epitomises a generation of music-makers who are releasing content on their own terms – without the backing of big money labels.
Less than a month after his “BBQ soundtrack” instrumental album Some Other Ones (2015), Mac is back. His latest offering, released on Captured Records, is a mini album of love songs that gives perfect summer listening. It’s more of the same from Mac: staying true to the music we know and love, Another One is filled with those lazy rhythms, echoing vocals and wispy guitar licks that will stay in your head for days. Stand out tracks include the opener “The Way You’d Love Her,” Grateful Dead inspired “Just To Put Me Down” and washed-out anthem of acceptance “Without Me”.
The last track on the album “My House By The Water” features an invitation from the man himself giving out his home address with the promise of coffee – reportedly 30 fans have already taken him up on the offer. In a manufactured industry of ghostwriters and auto-tuned pretty faces, it is this honesty and indifference to fame that has allowed DeMarco to build a cult following of fans from across the globe.
Another One doesn’t blaze any new trails for DeMarco but it is a testament to his undeniable talent as a songwriter and a producer. It proves beyond doubt that with dedication and hard work it’s possible to create a classic album with nothing more than a tape deck and a pack of Viceroy cigarettes.
The sun may be setting on summer 2015, but Mac Demarco’s Another One urges you to stay out for one more beer.