Mac DeMarco

Mac DeMarco

Sunday, 17 November 2019, 7.30pm

Mac DeMarco’s latest album Here Comes The Cowboy is out now

This is the follow-up to 2017’s This Old Dog, which featured “the best romantic tunes the well-known romantic has ever penned” (Entertainment Weekly), Here Comes The Cowboy is the debut release on Mac’s Record Label.

As described by DeMarco, “This one is my cowboy record. Cowboy is a term of endearment to me, I use it often when referring to people in my life. Where I grew up there are many people that sincerely wear cowboy hats and do cowboy activities. These aren’t the people I’m referring to.”

Here Comes The Cowboy was written, tracked and mixed at DeMarco’s Jizz Jazz Studios in Los Angeles during the first two weeks of an exceptionally rainy January, 2019. Nearly every instrument on the album was played by DeMarco, aside from keyboards on select tracks by touring member and close friend Alec Meen. Traveling sound engineer, Joe Santarpia, helped shape the record, sharing engineering and mixing duties with DeMarco.



Shannon McNamee

Why I gave the above rating: 

Mac DeMarco's gig in L'Aéronef, Lille was part of his tour after releasing his 2019 album Here Comes the Cowboy. He played just a few tracks from that album though, including 'Choo Choo' and 'Here Comes the Cowboy', probably because of the laidback nature of this album in comparison to his other work, which is better received by the crowd at a live performance. This gig was no exception to any time I have seen him perform in the past, in terms of his often wacky onstage demeanor, whispering into the microphone and banter with the crowd. He and his band played music from throughout his recording career, songs such as 2014's 'Salad Days' (which always has the crowd sing along) and 2013's 'Freaking Out the Neighbourhood' (which always gets the crowd dancing). They also performed 'Still Beating' from 2017's This Old Dog album which I had never seen him perform before and which he even said that he rarely plays live, so that was the treat of the night. Apart from that, the keyboard player in his band used synth throughout many songs which sounded like an organ and added an etheral effect at times, especially on the more synth-heavy songs like 'On the Level'. Mac DeMarco portrays a nonchalant and often silly persona on stage, but his songwriting and guitar playing say something different. I'm already looking forward to getting the chance to see him perform again!

Nov 20, 2019

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