Review: “Another One”

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The Appalachian Online

Jordan Williams

Mac Demarco mastered his own style with the release of a brand new mini-LP, “Another One,” on Aug. 7, 2015. He continues to impress with laid-back, catchy sound.

The 25-year-old singer-songwriter Demarco has a gap between his teeth and an “I just woke up and haven’t showered yet,” appearance. However, underneath that image lies an interesting indie-rock slacker icon whose music has garnered much acclaim and popularity over the last couple of years.

While Demarco is popular within the indie scene, his music is associated with many different genres, including “slacker rock,” “blue-wave,” or in Demarco’s own words, “jizz jazz.”

The eight track mini-LP shows Demarco delving deeper into the love and heartbreak themes presented on his previous album, “Salad Days.” He also explores more instrumentally, with smooth, jangly style guitar licks that resemble bands such as Dire Straits and The Smiths, and synths that dance joyfully alongside his soft vocals.

Tracks such as “The Way You’d Love Her” and “Just to Put Me Down,” showcase Demarco’s smooth guitar licks, soft but surprisingly beautiful vocal melodies, and simple yet delicate lyricism. “How’s your heart been beating/ How’s your skin been keeping/How’s the dream been going?” He sings in the most sincere, loving way.

Other tracks showcase Demarco’s longing for lost love, including “Another One,” a slow synth driven indie track that features delicate vocals. “A Heart Like Hers” features DeMarco ditching the idea of love all together, “Done, done is all the love, love that I had saved for you/ Gone, gone with my heart, locked inside a cage for you.”

“Without Me,” and “I’ve Been Waiting for Her,” brings out DeMarco’s talent in full force. Both tracks have some of the most contagious instrumentation he has done so far.

While Demarco may not change his style often, his undeniable charm and heartwarming catchiness of his sound cannot be ignored. With the release of “Another One,” Demarco’s laid back style has become the soundtrack to the late summer nights of 2015.

Mac Demarco is scheduled to perform at The Orange Peel in Asheville on Oct. 15, 2015.