“As I’m getting older, chip up on my shoulder…” is the opening line from Mac DeMarco’s second full-length LP ‘Salad Days,’ the follow up to 2012’s lauded ‘Mac DeMarco 2.’ Amongst that familiar croon and lilting guitar, that initial line from the title track sets the tone for an LP of a maturing singer/songwriter/producer. Someone strangely self-aware of the positives and negatives of their current situation at the ripe old age of 23. Written and recorded around a relentless tour schedule (which picked up all over again as soon as the LP was done), ‘Salad Days’ gives the listener a very personal insight into what it’s all about to be Mac amidst the craziness of a rising career in a very public format. The lead single, “Passing Out Pieces,” set to huge overdriven organ chords, contains lines like “…never been reluctant to share, passing out pieces of me…” Clearly, this isn’t the same record that breezily gave us “Dreamin,” and “Ode to Viceroy” but the result of what comes from their success. “Chamber of Reflection,” a track featuring icy synth stabs and soulful crooning, wouldn’t be out of place on a fantasy Shuggie Otis and Prince collaboration. Standout tracks like these show Mac’s widening sound, whether insights into future directions or even just welcome one-off forays into new territory. Still, this is musically, lyrically and melodically good old Mac DeMarco, through and through. The same crisp John Lennon / Phil Spector era homegrown lush production that could have walked out of Geoff Emerick’s mixing board in 1972, but with that peculiar Mac touch that’s completely of right now. “Brother,” a complete future classic, is Mac at his most soulful and easygoing but with that distinct weirdness and bite that can only come from Mr. DeMarco.“Treat Her Better” is rife with “Mac-isms,” heavily chorused slinky lead guitar, swooning vocal melodies, effortless chords that come along only after years of effort, and the other elements seriously lacking in independent music: sentiment and heartfelt sincerity.
We’re only at Part 2 and 1/2 (one EP and two LP’s in) into Mac’s career. As you read this and as you hear the album on April Fool’s Day of this year, he’ll probably be on tour, or preparing for one… or maybe already writing new music. A relentless work ethic is something to be admired in today’s indie music scene, but when it’s of the quality Mac is giving us time and time again, it starts to turn from admiration to awe.
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Motherfolker #34 - Best Of 2014 This is not a top album. I couldn’t stop at 10, 20 or even 50 picks. I can’t really set any preferential order (though the very first ones may have been more striking)....
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Okay friends, drumroll please...here are the Guestroom Louisville Top 30 Favs of 2014!!! Woohoo! We all made our own top 50, then ranked them on a 50 point scale, added it up and present you now with the 30 titles with the highest scores. Also, a very special congrats to Joan Shelley whose "Electric Ursa" came in as our favorite Louisville release.
Guestroom Top 30
1) BRONCHO, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman 2) Mac DeMarco, Salad Days 3) Alvvays, S/T 4) Ex-Hex, Rips 5) Caribou, Our Love 6) Purling Hiss, Weirdon 7) Ty Segall, Manipulator 8) The War On Drugs, Lost in the Dream 9) Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Give the People What They Want 9) Ryan Adams, 1984 (7 inch) 11) Run the Jewels, RTJ2 12) Real Estate, Atlas 13) Owen Pallett, In Conflict 14) Joan Shelley, Electric Ursa 15) Lust For Youth (Official), International 16) Bonnie Prince Billy, A Singer's Grave A Sea Tongues 17) Quilt, Held in Splendor 18) Ariel Pink, Pom Pom 19) White Reaper, S/T 20) Hospitality, Trouble 21) Young Widows, Easy Pain 22) La Sera, Hour of the Dawn 23) The Casket Girls, True Love Kills the Fairy Tale 24) Whirr, Sway 25) Beck, Morning Phase 26) St. Vincent, S/T 27) The Coathangers, Suck My Shirt 28) Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire for No One 29) David Kilgour & The Heavy 8s, End Times Undone 30) The New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers
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Třetí část výročního žebříčku 50 nejlepších zahraničních kytarovek za rok 2014. První díl (#50 – #41), spolu s popisem kritérií výběru jednotlivých titulů, se nachází tady, druhý díl (#40 – #31) je zde.