Mac DeMarco Vinyl, CD & tapes by Mac DeMarco at Norman Records
Go home, Mac, you're drunk. This is at least true half of the time you say it as Mac DeMarco's chill party antics go hand-in-hand with his laid-back and cunningly quixotic guitar pop. A big ol’ goofball with a goldmine of melody, DeMarco’s stupid antics and annoying fanbase are well countered by a history of fine slacker pop, from the easy-breeze of ‘2’ to the big sheen of ‘Salad Days’ right into the aging, sighing reflections of ‘This Old Dog’. He may seem like one big practical joke, but his music is direct and delicate, serving up a classic pop feel with a little love and tenderness.
What DeMarco's breezy melodies and effortless hooks cover up is a history of musical growth. The difference between 'Salad Days' Mac and 'This Old Dog' is quite monolithic -- the latter stands as his best work due to his maturing grace, his ability to think about himself in terms of a family tree of people who grew up to be adults. "My Old Man" announced Mac as a songwriter who could actually write a song -- about something. With crystalline guitar tones and a new interest in sparkly synths, Mac seems on course to become a stronger, more serious act.