13 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On 2017’s This Old Dog, Mac DeMarco got serious—the LA-based Canadian singer-songwriter tackled personal themes like aging and family relationships head-on with slow, laidback melodies that went down easy. His fourth LP, Here Comes the Cowboy, is mellower. Here DeMarco unburdens his mind by embodying the cowboy ideal, an archetype he associates with a simple and unassuming life. He expresses a desire to escape on “Finally Alone” and “Hey Cowgirl,” both of which are punctuated with plucky guitar chords and soft snare hits. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Mac DeMarco album if it didn’t feature a love song or two, and he dutifully delivers on the plainspoken, romantic “K” and “Heart to Heart.” He tones down his usual jocularity throughout, but it’s not absent—take “Little Dogs March,” on which he kicks the cowboy image up a notch by adding foot taps that sound like a horse’s hooves. The dirty funk groove of “Choo Choo” is playful, a far cry from the album’s otherwise quiet and reflective mood—reminding listeners of his sense of humor with a cunning wink.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On 2017’s This Old Dog, Mac DeMarco got serious—the LA-based Canadian singer-songwriter tackled personal themes like aging and family relationships head-on with slow, laidback melodies that went down easy. His fourth LP, Here Comes the Cowboy, is mellower. Here DeMarco unburdens his mind by embodying the cowboy ideal, an archetype he associates with a simple and unassuming life. He expresses a desire to escape on “Finally Alone” and “Hey Cowgirl,” both of which are punctuated with plucky guitar chords and soft snare hits. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Mac DeMarco album if it didn’t feature a love song or two, and he dutifully delivers on the plainspoken, romantic “K” and “Heart to Heart.” He tones down his usual jocularity throughout, but it’s not absent—take “Little Dogs March,” on which he kicks the cowboy image up a notch by adding foot taps that sound like a horse’s hooves. The dirty funk groove of “Choo Choo” is playful, a far cry from the album’s otherwise quiet and reflective mood—reminding listeners of his sense of humor with a cunning wink.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

Drehedrme ,

I LOVE MAC DADDY

and now he’s a cowboy? He’s so great and he’s very talented. This track proves it, and I cannot wait for the album.

Jedislayer3421 ,

Give it a try! it’s different, but not a complete departure

Mac Demarco’s “Here Comes the Cowboy” is a quiet triumph. it meets the high expectations set by his previous “This Old Dog,” an album that is as sincere as it is haunting, and follows a conceptual track of writing with a consistent theme. Mac used the idealized philosophy of the “cowboy life” as a metaphor for an easy, self-sufficient lifestyle and the barebones reliance on human/emotional connection as the cornerstone of our driving forces. it’s very chill, as usual, but he really places his focus in a remarkably complex mix balance. each instrument and sound is heard exactly the way it is intended to be heard. i am absolutely blown away by how smooth everything sounds in my headphones. the music is really very layered. each voice stands out and blends in all at the same time. it really goes to show you how nice analog recording sounds -it makes me miss the old days before everything was digitized- mixes of this caliber take so much time and patience and i am so happy mac continues to take his time to make music like this. his instrumentation continues to develop in and out of dissonance, using that musical tension to create the sense of scale and atmosphere Mac has so beautifully equipped in all of his music. his vocals have also developed, branching out of his typical mumble and experimenting with the strained, heartfelt falsetto. As is typical with Demarco, the lyrics are sincere and the music is well written. i genuinely feel this music in my bones. he’s done it again and again and again and all by himself, this music is just unreal, the special kind of artistry that has become increasingly rare in the modern industry! i genuinely don’t remember the last time i was so overwhelmed by my love for an album so quickly! this is really something special. it rewards a listener who takes the time to follow through from beginning to end of the whole record. the lyrical and musical complexity, the thematic commitment, and intimacy and vulnerability in his writing are just a blatant testament to his talent and bravery as an artist who is willing to put himself on the line to produce something that actually holds weight. it’s transcendent in its meticulous nature, hiding value in every note, every pause, and every word. i would highly recommend “Here Comes the Cowboy” to anyone who is willing to take the time to dig through musical emotional transparency and appreciate the remarkable technical prowess or simply likes to relax on a rainy sunday morning.

tvcii ,

yes daddy

its beautiful. feed me more buddy.

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