At first, it might be hard to take 23-year old Montreal musician Mac DeMarco seriously. I mean, look at his picture above. This is the guy who with his debut EP, made a creepy DJ skit, and teased his newest album with a video of a naked dude, not to mention all his shenanigans on his live shows. Yet beneath all his outward goofiness and his gap-toothed grin, if you listened intently to his songs and lyrics, there is a hidden depth to Mac DeMarco. A depth that shows an unusual vulnerability.
Salad Days, DeMarco’s sophomore full-length, is a conscious attempt to harness this depth. The tunes may be still be quasi-sleazy but there is an eerie calmness to them. It expands on the solitary lazy guitar vibes of his breakout debut 2, and widens its approach with a more fuzzed out jangle. All the while, the songs maintain the same Mac DeMarco amiability and unexpected insights. The more you listen to Salad Days, the more you’ll appreciate its true inner beauty.
Listen to first single Passing Out Pieces embedded below.
Mac DeMarco – Salad Days comes out 4/1 via Captured Tracks (order here)