Never believe in a heart like hers again.
Mac DeMarco tends to look the part of what the media has labeled him: A goofy slacker. And maybe he was, or still is. But the 25-year-old Canadian born-and-bred, current coastal New Yorker comes off as almost nothing like that in his latest release. He’s already made a few of Pitchfork’s “Best Of” lists and toured with some great bands, so there really isn’t much for him to “prove” to anyone. Titled Another One, this release is a little more “grown up” than 2014’s full-length release Salad Days, opting for a smoother, more relaxed approach on the eight-track mini-LP.
“The Way You’d Love Her” opens the album with a hoppy toe-tapping beat and a stand-out electric guitar, but ponders a lot of questions about what DeMarco could have done better in previous romantic relationships.
Lyrically, DeMarco focuses on love lost, coping and trying to swallow the heartache: “Must be another one she loves,” he exclaims in title track “Another One”; “Picking me up just to put me down” he says in “Just To Put Me Down”; and he pleads in “No Other Heart”: “Come on and give this lover boy a try / I’ll put the sparkle right back in your eye / No other heart will do.” And all these tracks are amid dreamy, echoing, high-pitched guitars and keys.
“My House by the Water” concludes the album with the sound of waves and the wind, and is literally about his house on the water. The song contains his home address and an invitation to come by for some coffee. Perhaps it’s his way of letting people get to know him in reality rather than in videos and articles; perhaps he’s still combating loneliness; perhaps it’s for the silliness factor. Probably, though, the answer lies somewhere in the “Because I don’t give a fuck and it’s a sweet idea” territory.