Mac DeMarco: “My Kind of Woman”
You might be wondering, “Who is Mac DeMarco?” Is he the glam-faced, pretty-boy crooner that the promo material for his last EP Rock and Roll Night Club (which came out just a scant few months back) led us to believe? Or is Mac DeMarco the friendly, flannel-clad hipster troubadour that graces the cover of his new full-length Mac DeMarco 2 (out October 25 on Brooklyn’s Captured Tracks label)? The 21-year-old Montreal-based songwriter might be both or neither, but what we can pin down about the young Canadian is that he has a knack for simple, quirky pop songs.
DeMarco began his career as the frontman for the ultra lo-fi Vancouver-based group Makeout Videotape. The band’s tunes were scuzzy (yet sunny) nuggets of garage-pop gold. The tracks are rough to be sure, but under all the fuzz and weirdness there’s a maturity of composition in the band’s music (even if the album art for their 2010 record Ying Yang ain’t exactly mature, or family-friendly–don’t click if you have kiddos about). Earlier this year DeMarco hit the streets with a brand new EP under his own name–the aforementioned Rock and Roll Night Club. DeMarco puts on his sexiest “China Girl” David Bowie voice over some groovin’ lo-fi on tunes like the title track.
One of the tracks from DeMarco’s new record has been making the rounds on the music-o-phile Internet world on sites like Pitchfork and Stereogum. On “My Kind of Woman” DeMarco sheds the glam-y persona of Night Club and gets all cuddly. He affects a whistful, almost laconic, vocal tone as the sprightly guitars dance about on the low-tempo ballad. It’s sweet, simple, honest and 100 percent DeMarco.