26 Aug Mac DeMarco – Another One
Another One is the 4th release from Vernor Winfield McBriare Smith IV, aka McBriare Samuel Lanyon DeMarco, under the less grandiose moniker, Mac DeMarco.
It’s either a mini LP or an extended EP depending on whether you’re a mini LP or an extended EP kinda guy. And lord knows I don’t want to come down on either side of that one. I’d rather heavy handedly debate the Israel/Palestine issue with no prior knowledge or even a basic grasp of the historical background, cultural significance or geopolitical factors involved in the conflict. I’m not opening that bag of dickworms.
Instead why don’t we offer you a track by track breakdown of Another One?
Album opener “The Way You’d Love Her” reintroduces listeners to the now emblematic Mac DeMarco flanged out, chorus soaked, delay ridden, wet reverb guitar sounds that you either love or are perplexed by. The riffs are infectious and about as mellow and languid as DeMarco’s own soft vocal croons. It’s got a rhythmic quality to it that won’t exactly get you on your feet but definitely will have you micro-bodypopping and making jazz face from your seated position.
Title track “Another One” is a more sombre affair, featuring familiar synth and key tones to those who listened to DeMarco’s previous LP Salad Days. The verse features stripped down instrumentals for the vocals to sit prominently atop whilst retaining the soothing, soft quality of the vulnerable vocals. A song of romantic paranoia and heartache rendered adeptly in music and lyrics.
“No Other Heart” propels you down a stream of beautiful, interweaving, cascading guitars and keys on a sturdy vessel made up of one dope ass bass line to a lake formed entirely from catchy choruses. A pleasant journey for the whole family.
On “Just To Put Me Down” we are treated once again to some tradeMac(hahaha) guitar sounds accompanied by a bouncing bass line which serves to bring the prophetic lyrics of the chorus, “keep me up just to put me down”, to a very literal reality through the buoyant quality of the song’s rhythm. There’s a serious groove to this track which is only intensified by the joyous free form, fadeout ending.
Where the previous track was all about keeping you up to put you down, “A Heart Like Hers” is resolute in putting you down and keeping you there. It is a beautifully melancholic track, with all instrumentation subdued, languorous and listless, leading you sombrely down a dreamy, wistful soundscape. In its structure and chordal progression this song feels like more of a classically (beatles not beethoven) written pop song when pitted against the rest of Another One.
After being lead to the depths of melancholy we are elevated to a path of elation with “I’ve Been Waiting For Her”. With a playful, sprightly rhythm and the most infectious of hooks in the chorus, this one will have you singing falsetto harmonies within the first listen.
“Without Me” lyrically and musically is a bittersweet number, with DeMarco crooning about a love gone astray and the realisation that he’ll be alright as long as he knows she will be happy without him. The music shifts in and out from major to minor echoing the sentimentalities of the lyrics and serves as an apt closer for a record that is itself wholly bittersweet.
Ok so “My House By The Water” is really the closer to the record but it’s pretty much water sounds and demented synths with Mac’s address and an invitation to come to his house for a coffee at the end and I wouldn’t have been able to make the whole bittersweet point if I finished with that. So. Yeah. Do one. But also love you.