Mac DeMarco
Salad Days


4.5
superb

Review

by huf USER (5 Reviews)
April 2nd, 2014 | 65 replies


Release Date: 04/01/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Introspection with melody

Some of you are looking at that rating and thinking to yourselves, "Hey, how come that rating is as high as it is?" Well that's what this here review is here for. Mac DeMarco is a rad kid, born 1990 who has just released his second album. It's built off the cynicism and harshness that is the fame leviathan. This monster with its constant attachments and Mac feeds off it in this album.
Combining interesting melodies and riffs and whatnot that are relaxed at a slow beach wave tempo with cynical and melancholy lyrics that are quite often less introspective and more or less serve as an unsure assurance to himself. The title track lends itself to the darker side of DeMarco's perspective, with opening lyrics such as:

As I’m getting older, chip up on my shoulder
Rolling through life, to roll over and die

This continues with a playful scat singing after each verse which I believe serve as a childish way of laughing off the bull*** seriousness he is dealing with. DeMarco constantly reassures himself to "act his age" in this song. Blue Boy and Brother seem to deal with DeMarco's self-consciousness about the critics of this world who scrutinize his every move, "Blue boy, worried about the world's eyes," or scrutinize his goofiness or image, "worried about his haircut". Brother seems to feed off the previous track as it's DeMarco informing himself to slow it down. Just take it easy, forget about it as Mac seems to have fallen prey to the 9 to 5 mindset he warned himself against. What follows after the first introspective tracks are some love-type songs, one of which deals with his worrying over his baby girl having to leave him due to VISA type *** (which is bull***, if I may say so, the having to have a VISA to be somewhere thing, not the actual song).

What you're essentially left with is an introspective album. An album built around DeMarco's incessant, gnawing insecurities and over-thinking that bashes calmly itself against the thin, smooth and upbeat/relaxed melodies that Mac contrasts against the cynical lyricism swarming this album. It's quite easy to enjoy this cohesive, short and chilled out mood of an album. It almost transports all the worrisome thoughts you're having and transmutes them with DeMarco's personal interpretation, which makes for an intriguing flow of relaxation and lazy warmth.
I recommend it bruh, check it out. ***'s tight.


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BASTAG
April 2nd 2014


42 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lmao thats alotta stars for some words man. its not like children can read anyway. keep it real

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2014


6109 Comments


dude's name and album cover makes him sound like a really shitty rapper

been mad surprised that he's gotten so much good press bc of that, but now i realize he aint no spitta

ti0n
April 2nd 2014


1390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wtf

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ChoccyPhilly
April 2nd 2014


6183 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Interesting...

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Phlegm
April 2nd 2014


4626 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I recommend it bruh, check it out. ***'s tight.

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jtswope
April 2nd 2014


2139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just downloaded this yesterday. Gonna check soon.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2014


15035 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9 | Sound Off

this is probably his best album yet. some fantastic tracks, some slightly eh ones toward the back. but i really like the guy so ++

ti0n
April 2nd 2014


1390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah its his best without doubt

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2014


17213 Comments


i dont understand the hype with this dude at all.

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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2014


15035 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9 | Sound Off

"let her go" is so good honestly

CaptainDooRight
April 2nd 2014


29131 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

swee

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slagun
April 2nd 2014


709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

this is so much worse than 2

larrytheslug
April 2nd 2014


1315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'Some of you are looking at that rating and thinking to yourselves, "Hey, how come that rating is as high as it is?"'

BASTAG, i dint think that : D

EaglesBecomeVultures
April 2nd 2014


5234 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it's aight

larrytheslug
April 2nd 2014


1315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

p4k gave this best new music, BASTAG. jus work on dropping as many other album references as possible in your reviews in the future and you're on your way!

Sleaper
April 2nd 2014


3370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i always brushed this guy off thinking he was just some generic indie dude...
but decided id give this a go. 2 tracks in after hearing blue boy, i was hooked.

theres some fillers in the 2nd half, but the closer makes up for it. can safely say im a demarco fanboy now

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ShitsofRain
April 2nd 2014


5893 Comments


i was until i heard this

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Phlegm
April 2nd 2014


4626 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

mkeout vidtape

Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2014


1043 Comments


I think that Gnarly and I both got tricked into thinking this guy was an MC.

PuddlesPuddles
April 3rd 2014


4772 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Only way out is through
Only way out is through
I'm sure music will be interesting again soon
Only way out is through



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