Chill daddy and stoner seminar leader Mac DeMarco actually did a few takes of the songs on 2 and Salad Days, if you can believe it. His sunshine pop is given an origin story with Demos Volume 1, a nice little CD that puts the inner workings of his recent songs on display. If you want to hear some unreleased nuggets and the sound of DeMarco fucking shit up from his very own bedroom, you'll want to hear this.
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Fresh from the double whammy of having sold his shoes for a grand on ebay (for charity I must add) and playing the worst show I’ve seen in 25+ years of gig going at his recent Leeds Irish Centre debacle, Mac DeMarco now releases a 24 track compendium of demo recordings. It comes as some surprise that he actually makes demos - you kind of imagine him turning up at the studio, cigarette drooping, blearily informing the engineer that he thinks he has something he could put down if only he could remember what it was before notching up another shard of genius.
There’s more to Demarco that meets the sozzled eye though- there’s no doubt about it he’s a master craftsman. These tracks are demonstration versions of those which later appeared on ‘2’ and ‘Salad Days’. They have a lovely soft home recorded sound with rudimentary drums yet everything else is fully formed, charming off kilter lo-fi pop with gorgeous tangling guitars and catchy vocal hooks. Even if you know both albums inside out there’s plenty to enjoy in listening to the songs in this form. Several unreleased tracks are present with a few gems included. Its the sort of record that while it may not appeal to the casual fan, the hardcore followers should rush out and get this right away. Literally hours of lo-fi charm-pop fun.
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