Mac Demarco’s Mad-Cap Release
Since March, the newly crowned king of Indie, Mac Demarco, was put to task with the unexpected announcement of his new album Here Comes the Cowboy. Demarco finally released his fourth full length on May 10th in which he features a more eccentric and somehow darker side that was yet to be seen in his career.
This release has spawned criticism for the presumed fault of not being as welcoming as other listens, however, Demarco’s trademark is still rather present in it. Featuring simplicity and disarming emotionality in a more dense presentation, whether Here Comes the Cowboy is an easy to hear craft or not depends fully on the listener, which might be the real reason for its mixed reviews and criticism.
The overture on the album may come across as mildly strange from Mac, but it certainly provides a fresh tonality for his followers.
Mac Demarco’s Here Comes the Cowboy sounds like a new stage in his laid back and easy going repertoire while adding wry, darker tones to it. Its overture self-titled theme may seem slightly foreign from the rest of Mac’s work, especially with its bizarre music video and country, blues like riffs.
The first half length of the album lingers on his 2017 This Old Dog due to its bitter somber and reflecting nature. However, on this occasion, Mac’s ongoing subject of growing old and more mature becomes more notorious as the tracks progress, and songs such as Little Dogs March and Preoccupied highlight this Sunday vibes introspective feeling.
On another hand, there are sweeter high points on the record that make it all the more bittersweet, when tunes like K, Hey Cowgirl and Finally Alone blend the styles of previous albums Salad Days and Another One whilst employing the more sincere and heartfelt songwriting that has been seeping in Demarco’s work as he matures.
Mac Demarco rose to fame quickly and his time in the limelight has been palpable with a slow jam and homemade funky with lo-fi effects aesthetic. This Old Dog however, marked a full dive into an emotional reticence, and Here Comes the Cowboy serves as a follow up while paying tribute to his trademarks as it blends all the previous styles Demarco has taken on.
Several lyrics on the record could be a sign of a now fame fed up Mac. K shows yet another tribute song to his life long girlfriend Kiara, however on this occasion it seems as a reassurance of his love towards her rather than another ballad. Little Dogs March on its side shows a more edging vision as he sings about hope gone “hope you got your fill, all those days are over now” while in Preoccupied sings about “a sign of the days we’re living in/open your mind and fill it with bullsh**”.
Mac Demarco delivered an album that takes on all the corners and edges that may be expected of him with tracks like Choo Choo as a sign for the goofball spirit of his music that still remains, however, the true essence of this record seems to revolve around his more introspective and mature self. As he sings about an honest heart to heart and “creatures Losing their vision” Demarco somehow reassures his vision is inherent to his easy going perspective on life.