Mac DeMarco might have a slacker reputation, but there’s nothing slack about his output. It was only last year that he wowed fans – and the Guardian’s music critics – with Salad Days, and already he’s back with another selection of laidback indie rock.
Just as he hides his workrate behind a scruffy exterior, so the woozy vibe of his songs help camouflage what is a fierce melodic nous. In fact, the album owes a lot to the Beatles and the classic pop songwriters of the 1970s who followed them. No Other Heart especially has a glorious George Harrison-esque guitar line and a melody that trembles: “Give this loverboy a try, I’ll put the sparkle right back in your eye.”
Soulful and deft, it’s a masterclass in making songwriting sound effortless. Have a listen using the player below and let us know your thoughts.
Mac Demarco tours the UK in September. You can pre-order the album here.