Mac DeMarco: Solitary Man

For DeMarco, songwriting is an activity best experienced alone.

[caption id="attachment_192440" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Photo by Coley Brown[/caption] As a performer, Mac DeMarco presents a very specific version of himself to the audience. He’s a happy-go-lucky troubadour, a jokester and unlikely heartthrob whose live shows often find him indulging in extended jam sessions with his band that sometimes feature schlocky cover versions of Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s “Takin’ Care Of Business” or Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five.” He’s the kind of guy who’ll pen a heartfelt ode to his favorite brand of cigarette (“Ode To Viceroy”) and include his address as a bonus track on his 2015 EP Another One, with an offer to make you coffee. And yes, as a matter of fact, people actually did come to visit him in Queens, a good hour-long drive from Manhattan. “It’s called Far Rockaway for a reason,” he says. The DeMarco that people see onstage isn’t a fabrication — he’s not playing a character or doing anything so calculated. But Mac the performer and Mac the songwriter are almost yin and yang, two complementary aspects of the Canadian-born artist’s artistic personality. His new album This Old Dog, released in May via Captured Tracks, is a window into the Mac DeMarco that his listeners don’t…

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