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Mac DeMarco Overshadowed by The National

On Tuesday, Mac DeMarco announced his new album, Here Comes The Cowboy where  “Nobody” was released as a single. I have to say that the music video was neat. Mac wears a white cowboy hat while decked out in lizard makeup. You don’t see that every day.

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Mac DeMarco as a Lizardman. From “Nobody” music video.

Outside of the interesting video, the song is a little of a snooze. I understand DeMarco is attempting to step away from the rowdy nature of his first couple of albums, but the song is dangerously soft. It’s not a bad song, but it’s a song that you play when you are trying to fall sleep. I’d call it “relaxing”.

Just hours later, the National announced, I Am Easy To Find – a quick follow-up to their 2017 album, Sleep Well Beast.

The first single to come off of the newly announced album is You Had Your Soul with You. Electronics blare at the start before Scott Devendorf and his iconic drumming jump in. Scott has to be up there with being one of the most underrated drummers around. The song is an interesting one – there’s a bit where Matt Berninger does a duet Gail Ann Dorsey (was David Bowie’s co-vocalist and bass player). You can hear a tone that is different from the heaviness and melancholy of Sleep Well Beast. It’s strange to say this, but this song had some hope and cheer to it.

I love Mac DeMarco (AKA Loveable Goofball), but 3/5/2019 was The National’s day.