Mac DeMarcowould lead you to believe that he's some kind of foolish, archetypal teen movie slacker: the torn clothes, the lingering stale scent of off-brandcigarettes, theirreverentsense of humor. But the 25-year-old is one of the hardest working musicians today."Another One,"a self-described "mini-LP" which DeMarco self-recorded and engineered in hishome studio--- all in the midst of a nearly year-long world tour --- is the Canadian musician'slatest, sounding like a cassette tape ofHarry Nillssonthat had beenabandoned on the dashboard of a carin July (in agood way).
Onlythree years ago, DeMarco was working the night shift at a grocery store in Montreal and signing up as a medical test subject to make ends meet. But his 2012 album"Rock & Roll Nightclub"and 2013's "2,"demonstrated DeMarco's keensongwriting, penchant for analog tape, and lyrical dexterity evocativeofJonathan Richman. The albums catapulted DeMarco from struggling musician to festival headliner.
Though last year's"Salad Days"took a departure towards synth-laden introspection,"Another One" is unapologetic in its classic pop romanticism. "These are pop songs, love songs," DeMarco tells Kurt Andersen. "You can come take these songs --- everybody's in love sometimes --- and do whatever you want with them."
(Originally aired July 16, 2015)
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Video: "Another One"