S A L A D D A Y S
Written By Nicolas Andrade
Vernor Winfield McBriare Smith IV (Mac Demarco), one of the most controversial musicians in the realm of indie rock music has released a new album titled: “Salad Days”. In his latest interview with Pitchfork (http://pitchfork.com/features/cover-story/reader/mac-demarco/), Demarco stated “Perfectionist? That’s not something I am. @#$% that.” His reaction demonstrates his work; his songs come natural, are jovial and groovy. But his most noteworthy characteristic, is his “I don’t give a @#$%” approach to life and his music.
In his previous albums, Demarco played songs with ridiculous concepts, such as his love to a brand of cigarettes – “Ode to Viceroy”. He also plays a lot with his guitar in his previous album “2”, and most of his songs involved a guitar solo, which are chill and lively. The concepts touched in “2” are somehow trivial, like his mom cooking up something good, or how he freaks the neighborhood.
In his new album, Mac DeMarco goes deeper with the message his songs convey. Demarco’s “Salad Days” has a more personal attachment to the artists, it includes three songs that DeMarco calls “The Kiera songs” which are songs related to his relationship with his girlfriend Kiera McNally.
Mac DeMarco – Let My Baby Stay
I was made to love her, been working at it
Half of my life, I’ve been an addict
And she’s been good to me
Far as I can tell she’s happy, livin’ with her Macky
The truth is that Mac Demarco puts aside his childish games and gets mature with some topics
. He faces some inner conflicts regarding his family, his fear of aging, and his need to have some time alone to reflect. Mac IV plays more with the keyboard in this album. DeMarco’s “Chamber of Reflections” sounds exactly to Gorillaz, the keyboard effects and the voice of Mac makes this song extremely similar to many songs of Gorillaz’s “Plastic Beach”.
The new album sounds similar to “2” but the songs are different, more personal, and some new instruments are played in “Salad Days”. In overall a hyped powerful album by Vernor Winfield McBriare Smith IV, whose last stanza of the album was for the fans: “Hi guys this is Mac, thank you for joining me, bye bye.”