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Editors’ Notes

It feels as if Canadian singer/songwriter Mac DeMarco watched those "yacht rock" parody videos and took them to heart. Few other artists, with his sense for the spaced-out and the absurd, base their attacks in mid-'70s AM radio pop while highlighting the more ersatz elements of the time. Yet DeMarco assembles breezy rhythm sections, cheesy keyboards, and studio-slick guitar lines as if they were the cutting edge of modern music. On a track like “Goodbye Weekend,” the deliberate slickness meets a deliberate trainwreck of mismatched chords for an unsettling mellowness, while other low-key rockers like “Blue Boy” and “Let Her Go” pass largely in benign harmony. “Let My Baby Stay” sounds like a demo tape somewhere between the experimental works of Robyn Hitchcock and John Lennon’s Bermuda demos. Cheesy keyboards dominate “Passing Out Pieces” and “Chamber of Reflection,” giving the tracks the sound of demos from several decades ago, with weird compression creating the sense that these tapes have been sitting somewhere for 40 years. It’s an intriguing set of songs where the presentation is as important as the content. 

Customer Reviews

Salad Fingers

I love this album. I do wish it was a little longer, although the replay value is higher because it is such a short album. This is just chill music. It’s, like, super chill. Like “why is it so dark in here?” “‘Cause I’m just chill in with the music.” But doing that for the whole day until it turned into night. It’s that chill.

love ya max





Born: April 30, 1990 in Duncan, British Columbia, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Canadian multi-instrumentalist and multimedia artist Mac DeMarco first emerged from complete obscurity under the moniker Makeout Videotape. Immediately after finishing high school in the summer of 2008, DeMarco moved from his hometown of Edmonton to the warmer climes of Vancouver, and self-released Heat Wave, a collection of songs he wrote and recorded while bored and listless in his new surroundings. The limited run of CDs soon sold out and Makeout Videotape ambled into the live performance realm...
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