Mac De Marco Releases "Another One", at Orange Peel Asheville Oct. 15

Mac DeMarco’s got “Another One”, almost a year after the release of the meteorically successful Salad Days. The album was conceived and recorded entirely by Mac himself in a short period between a relentless tour schedule. At his new beach pad in Far Rockaway, Queens. Despite technically still being in New York City, it is a world apart, with time slowed down and space more open. Livingt here left Mac with nothing more to do with his time than to make music. “Another One” is an eight track release of brand new songs, freshly written for this release and each of which expand the arsenal of Mac’s already impressive catalog.

“A Heart Like Hers,” centered around a pump-organ riff and lilting vocal melody that is somehow both haunting and warm, is a track that shows the maturity of Mac’s progression as songwriter. It’s a little bit more refined, a little bit more sophisticated, but nonetheless still retains the guts and soul of any classic Mac track. Opener “The Way You’d Love Her” has a playful swing to the chords and a guitar solo that wouldn’t be out of place on a mid-period ‘Dead LP, Mac’s new favored listening past time. The overall feeling of the LP is lost love, or perhaps love never found, a topic that the world never tires of and one Mac can move through without it being a dour and somber experience. Title track “Another One” and stand out “Without Me” exhibit this bittersweet sensibility in lyrical and musical context, both melancholic and romantic, blurring the line between happy or sad nostalgia. The record leaves you with the same satisfaction as an old Bogart movie: he’s still the hero, but he doesn’t quite get the girl.

It’s odd that despite working at the same pace as artists like Creedence, The Byrds and The Rolling Stones, coupled with an equally unending schedule of touring, press and recording, Mac is still labeled as a slacker. With two full-lengths and two EPs released and hundreds of sold out shows performed in the last several years, a recent late night television debut on Conan following a special guest performance on The Eric Andre Show, it seems, as Mac DeMarco nears his 25th birthday, there’s not a slack bone in the man’s body, besides maybe his a penchant for wearing comfortable clothes. You need comfortable clothes to work this hard anyway. Great singer/songwriters (Elton, Joni, Neil) don’t need to reinvent themselves; they just need to keep going and let the songs out in the world. If you’re like me and don’t think it’s been too soon since Salad Days – and you’re actually about to freak if you don’t hear more — here’s Another One.

Another One Tracklist:
01. The Way You’d Love Her
02. Another One
03. No Other Heart
04. Just To Put Me Down
05. A Heart Like Hers
06. I’ve Been Waiting For Her
07. Without Me
08. My House By The Water

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