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HERE COMES THE COWBOY MAC DEMARCO


Callum Gray 6.5/10


Hushed Gainsbourg-esque murmurs and a jaunty, yet drowsy riff opens the album. ‘Here Comes the Cowboy’ sits on the recliner, kicks the footstool up and settles on a groovy slouch. Easy listening and fuzzy, a warmth, akin to an endless sunset. It is everything we’ve come to expect from Mac Demarco: fashionable, but not vogue. Reminiscent of 70s folk, but only with one toe in the pool. Combining the familiar off-kilter chords that have become a permanent feature of his light-jazz brand.


‘Choo Choo’ is doused in 70s nostalgia, the vocals sounding eerily like Damon Albarn. Funky and danceable, a welcome departure from the first half of the album. The production of Demarco’s voice is silky smooth and the guitars wind crisply around his dozy whisper.


Fans of all of Demarco’s discography will enjoy this record, those venturing into his ‘sound’ may also enjoy it, but for the average backseat commercial listener, this isn’t it.


WHAT NATURE GIVES… NATURE TAKES AWAY MEMBRANES


Pavlis 10/10


Formed in Blackpool in 1977, by my reckoning this is Membranes’ eighth album. 2015’s Dark Matter/Dark Energy was a stormer from one of the best bands to come out of the post-punk movement but this is even better.


It isn't always the most immediate of listens but it is a soulful, powerful, inventive, questing take on rock music. I did worry that a double LP featuring a choir might be, well, a bit too prog. Whilst that much maligned of genres can be far better than its reputation may suggest, this is far from prog. At its rockiest, there is an almost Motörhead-meets-Ramones vibe but there are also psych drones, dub touches that could be straight outta Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Black Ark and song structures that verge on jazz. Oh, at times those choristers are the stars of the show.


This is a thoroughly original, utterly enthralling album that deserves a place in your collection.


NOW JESSE MAC CORMACK


David Auckland 7/10


Inspired by the landscapes of Eastern California's Death Valley and Mojave Desert, Jesse Mac Cormack's album debut arrives as a work of scorching atmosphere, panoramic tumblingmelodies & vast lyrical spaces.


Give A Chance opens slowly, hypnotic vocals and a tribal rhythm that leads into the single, No Love Go, a plaintive, wistful lament that recalls the classic soul- baring of Phil Collins' early solo material. Elsewhere textures are rougher, and the guitars come out to play in Stay, a slice of rock balladry straight out of the Bon Jovi's 'songs-to-sing-in-tight-jeans-on- the-edge-of-a-canyon' masterclass. Yet, following the urgency of title track, Now, the yearning of Ever Go On, and the epic synths in Passageway, Sunday delivers strings and piano and the feeling of a new dawn. To The End serves up a strong melodic finale, and a conclusion to this cleverly constructed journey of mood and disposition.


Now provides a platform for Mac Cormack's forward-facing brand of modern folk to be more widely appreciated.


20 / JUNE-JULY 2019 / OUTLINEONLINE.CO.UK


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