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Mac DeMarco - Here Comes The Cowboy (Album Review)

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 Written by Milly McMahon

Photo: Christine Lai

‘Here Comes the Cowboy’ finds Mac DeMarco relaxing into slower, more comfortable rhythms. Like a well worn leather saddle, rolling on top of an ambling horse, the Canadian singer-songwriter achieves a comfortable gait on his sixth album.

Here it’s the temperament of a mature, and less affected, musician that resonates. Taking proceedings at a more understated, considered pace, ‘Here Come The Cowboy’ feels like it's the most at ease Mac has ever been on an LP. His signature melancholy, paired with uncontrived, stripped back lyrical sentiments and meandering beats, reinforces the strong backbone of the album’s structure.

Mournful, yet signalling hope, and incorporating a kind of modern Sinatra swing into his Beatles-esque vibe, Skyless Moon and Little Dogs March tamp the tempos down to a hazy crawl. The mesmeric ambience created by the album’s use of repetition and remote inaccessibility are compelling.

K, a poetic and delicate lullaby, demonstrates the unlikely yet exquisite songwriting capabilities of the gap-toothed, skating composer, while Choo choo feels like a less obvious but equally powerful offering. In fact, it’s a new Mac classic. Channeling vintage bass tones and ‘70s guitar riffs, Mac tries on a little something different and it feels good and groovy.

What stands out most vividly is the wider scope of references and creative urges Mac works to on ‘Here Comes the Cowboy’. His music now is a gateway to more progressive territories, opening us up to fresh opportunities, which in turn break him free of genre boundaries.

Mac Demarco Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Wed June 26 2019 - GLASGOW Kelvingrove Bandstand
Thu June 27 2019 - HALIFAX Piece Hall
Sat June 29 2019 - MARGATE Dreamland
Sun July 14 2019 - DUBLIN Iveagh Gardens

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