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Thursday, 10 April 2014

#276: Mac DeMarco - Salad Days


Born Vernor Winfield McBriare Smith IV, it's easy to see why Canadian singer/songwriter Mac DeMarco has eschewed his birth name in favour of something far more in keeping with the singer's slacker image. It's difficult these days to find mention of DeMarco's name without the S-word being banded about so readily, thanks in no small part to his 2012 debut 2. Now it seems however, that DeMarco is eager to, not quite shake off any of the slacker ambivalence of his debut, but to build on it, bringing to the fore the luscious melodies of '60s pop and interspersing it with moments of lite-psychedelia and the college rock of more contemporary acts such as Beulah. 

This review was originally written for Far Out Magazine. Click here to read in full.