Mac DeMarco and Snail Mail Release a Surprise Collab with the Poetic ‘A Cuckhold’s Refrain’

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I got the beef / You got the cheese / I’ll be the cuck / You be the tease, Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan sings the opening verses.

Jordan’s shy, breezy vocals saunter out against a soft, laidback groove. Alongside jangle pop crooner Mac DeMarco, the two unveiled a secret collaboration—“A Cuckhold’s Refrain,” released under the project name Peppermint Patty.

The song is striking for its odd rhymes and matter-of-fact lyrics, telling the story of a marriage in shambles after another partner is welcomed in.

You and my wife / Me in my shed, Jordan sings. Now she’s gone / She’s out of my life / If I had known just one night would cuck me out of my own home / Who’d have thunk that I’d be all alone, DeMarco sings the chorus in response. Listen to the whole story below.

The tune was reportedly recorded in DeMarco’s garage in 2020. The scrappy collab gets, even more, star-studded, featuring the indie stylings of JD Beck and DOMi, as well as Deaton Chris Anthony.

In 2021, Snail Mail released their breakup record Valentine. DeMarco released his last LP, Here Comes the Cowboy in 2019 with a smattering of classic Christmas covers. DeMarco was scheduled to tour Europe and was set for a headlining stint across North America later this fall, however, all dates have been cancelled. Snail Mail heads out on tour as a supporting act later this month.

Snail Mail Dates:

Sept. 24 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Frantic City Festival
Oct. 3 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Brooklyn Mirage *^
Oct. 4 – Toronto, ON @ HISTORY *^
Oct. 6 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summer Stage *
Oct. 9 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem *^
Oct. 11 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore *^
Oct. 14 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live *^
Oct. 16 – New Orleans, LA @ Orpheum Theater *^
Oct. 18 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater *^
Oct. 19 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant *^
Oct. 21 – Louisville, KY @ Old Forester’s Paristown Hall *^
Oct. 22 – Columbus, OH @ KEMBA Live! *^
Oct. 27 – Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom *^
Oct. 28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex *^
Oct. 30 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater *^
Oct. 31 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield *^

(* in support of Turnstile)
(^ with JPEGMAFIA)

Mac DeMarco // Photo by David Brendan Hall

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