Mac DeMarco Releases ‘Lacklustre’ Fourth Album ‘Here Comes the Cowboy’
Mac DeMarco Releases ‘Lacklustre’ Fourth Album
‘Here Comes the Cowboy’
Tomorrow (May 10th) Mac Demarco releases his fourth full-length album, Here Comes The Cowboy. This album takes place as debut release on his own record label and was tracked and mixed at DeMarco’s Jizz Jazz Studios in L.A early January of this year. Almost every instrument on the album was played by the man himself aside the keyboard on select tracks. Sounding good right? But I’ve always had a complicated relationship with DeMarco. Sometimes I find his work breath taking (i.e. Salad Days) and sometimes I find it extremely boring (i.e. this album).
However, the lack of enthusiasm from the slacker rock musician seems predominantly corresponding to the lack of enthusiasm I have for this record. The tracks are boring to say the least. The record is significantly slower paced than his back catalogue (disregarding attempts such as ‘Choo Choo’) and feels like DeMarco is trudging his way through another record. By slowing things down it could be suggested that the music has become more cathartic however, it proved an effort to listen too once let alone twice. He has attempted some more experimental stuff and some weirder ventures, including track ‘Choo Choo’ that bring some lift to Here Comes the Cowboy however, I don’t think it’s enough to save the album.
In fairness to him, he does keep his releases consistent in terms of timing. By going by his Spotify, he has released music every year since 2013 and that drive can be rare in artists. Yet, I’m sure fans would have rather waited a little longer for something better than the release coming their way tomorrow. Of course the album is littered with his trademark stoner sounds and qwirky approaches however, it seems that the musician is sort of coasting along on them and not really doing anything else?
Track ‘Finally Alone’ is the only one I can really cope with on a small level. He pushes his vocals and the dreamy approach gives it the DeMarco edge that I enjoy in earlier albums. However, when he attempts a vocal push of “Yeaah, honey you’re finally alone” it brings back a realisation of how lacklustre this album is. I understand that the experimental, stoner, slacker edge is what helps set DeMarco apart from others and it is an underdog character that I am always willing to support. However, this album just seems lazy. Not stoner-lazy. Just plain lazy.
As DeMarco also stated in his interview with Huck magazine, “I’m in a place right now where I just don’t care” and boy, does it show in his latest piece of work. C’mon Mac, you’re better than this.
1.Here Comes The Cowboy