Now signed to his very own Mac's Record Label here comes dungaree totin' tunesmith with an album he knocked up in a couple of weeks in January. 2019. The subject matter here is cowboys - a word he uses as a term of endearment to his pals. Expect laid back songs masquerading as breezes...or the other way round. Whatever - it will possibly be 2019s most laid back record.
Staff note from Benn:
'Best enjoyed with a beer in the garden' - Ian Love, 2019
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Though there's been a slow, steady tailing off of the quality and consistency of Mac De Marco's work since the rather fabulous Salad Days in 2014, it doesn't seem to have affected his popularity as a kind of goofy slow rolling hero his large and generally quite young fanbase. There's the sense he's phoned it in one or two times of late certainly swathes of Another One and the majority of This Old Dog save a couple of standout tracks.
The fact that this latest album arrives on his own Mac's Record Label and consists of songs recorded this January had me worried as to whether this was another 'will this do?' type release for the insouciant workman. Certainly the opening title track is a nothing - just the title repeated over simple acoustic guitar. There's more to the other tracks here but not much more. The production is nicely minimal with simple guitar lines and De Marco's voice reduced to a near whisper. It has the laid back feel of an album recorded on a warm day by a nicely stoned musician (probably somewhere near the truth) and is a very pleasant listen but there's not a whole lot here to grab the listener. It contains no real great hooks nor any acute lyrical observations.
Just when you thought you had the album nailed comes Choo Choo - an awful slice of 70s disco/funk which is as out of place as a turd on a trifle amongst the laid back grooves elsewhere. It's a one off because otherwise I'm getting pleasantly bored by this album and if nothing else its drifting me off into a state of unconciousness. The record is a culmination in what has been happening with Mac De Marco's career over the past five years i that it's drifting slowly into oblivion. Not an unpleasant listen and with one or two lovely moments but not a patch on earlier work either.
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