Preview: Mac DeMarco At Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall May 10th
Written by Abigail Preston on April 24, 2019
FFO: King Krule, Sufjan Stevens, Beach Fossils, Mitski
Mac DeMarco is a Canadian indie rock musician who has curated a sound and visual aesthetic so identifiable that it has become its own subgenre of airy beachy synths, gentle guitar, and cigarettes between the gap of two front teeth. The majority of DeMarco’s music centers around tender romance and existential dread, and the two songs released thus far from his new album, Here Comes The Cowboy (set to release on May 10th), do not seem to deviate from this.
While the first single off of the new album to drop, “Nobody,” falls in line with the usual existential dread, it features deep and hollow tones – like a rich mahogany tree with a hollow serving as home for some family of woodland creatures – and is a bit of a departure from the classic beach hipster electric guitar and synths present in the majority of his other songs. The second release from the new album, “All Of Our Yesterdays,” offers some quite twangy acoustic guitar right off the bat, inciting visions of a gentle cowboy approaching slowly on his majestic stead before he greets you with a kindly tip of his hat, before it begins to edge closer into the classic DeMarco beachy synth pop guitar as the chorus rounds out.
Mac DeMarco will be performing an all-ages show at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on May 10th to promote Here Comes The Cowboy releasing that day through his own label: Mac’s Record Label. About the new album, DeMarco said, “This one is my cowboy record. Cowboy is a term of endearment to me, I use it often when referring to people in my life. Where I grew up there are many people that sincerely wear cowboy hats and do cowboy activities. These aren’t the people I’m referring to.” This show is sure to be full of the soft and sweet sounds of cowboy existentialism and tender loving empiric angst, and will certainly feature a good bit of Mac’s own personal charm (and maybe even a cowboy hat or two if we’re lucky).