Salad Days Are Gone
Mac DeMarco - 2014
until this year, you could've sum up all of slacker rock prince Mac DeMarco's music with one word: cute. his first two albums were adorable collections of pop-rock jams with lyrics that sounded made up on the spot. However, DeMarco throws all remains of his happy-go-lucky past away early into the opening title track, a song about his fear of death. There are no odes to cigarettes on this album, replaced with topics such as exhaustion ("Passing Out Pieces") lonlieness ("Chamber Of Reflection") and unrequited love ("Let Her Go"). musically, there's still the jangly guitar that defines DeMarco's sound, but he introduces synths more onto the album, and there are even a few freakouts in the tracklisting. Mac DeMarco has a near-perfect formula; the way he makes music, it'll be a very long time before his quality starts to dip. But it's the serious tone of the album that takes Salad Days from just another solid Mac DeMarco indie rock record to one that conquered nearly all of his guitar-pop counterparts.
GENRES: INDIE ROCK, INDIE POP, SLACKER ROCK, SYNTH POP
Michael Di Gennaro ranks this as the
#7 favorite album of 2014