Homeshake a.k.a Peter Sagar follows his 2014 debut with Midnight Snack, a distinctly R&B tinged collection of synthesizer jams. After leaving the Mac DeMarco touring band it’s clear that Sagar has had time to reflect and express some of his post-tour comedown anxieties in this record. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Sinderlyn.
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Imagine for a moment what it would be like to be a touring member of the Mac DeMarco band. Having to look out onto the back of a filthy pair of dungarees night after night and regularly playing the worst shows known to man it must get pretty wearing. Homeshake aka Peter Sagar played guitar for DeMarco and it freaked him so much he went straight home and wrote an album about the experience.
As you may expect from a man who presumably spent several months longing for a bed of some sort it’s a pretty chill kind of record. He uses laid back synths on ‘Heat’ that sound like they are about to fall asleep, ‘He’s Heating Up’ is lo-fi funk that sounds rather like what you imagine Justin Timberlake would sound like with access only to a four track and a shitty drum machine. Yes the influence of Mac is everywhere most notably on ‘I Don’t Wanna’ with it’s woozy guitar and extraordinary chord changes. The song sounds like it was played at sea. ‘Love Is Only A Feeling’ too is quite the delight with exhausted guitar picking out chords amongst a swirl of slo-mo sounds. It’s quite gorgeous at times if you are in the mood to lie in a hammock for a very long time.
Somewhere between a snoozing Ducktails, a snoring DeMarco and a sleepy Connan Mockasin, the record is lovely and completely odd in equal doses.
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