Early this year for record store day Mac DeMarco announced a collection of demos from his last album (and his best) This Old Dog, as well as a split 7″ with artist Shamir. Fortunately, for myself and all of those that were unable to obtain a copy, he has decided to put the release up for streaming, and it is just a pleasing to listen to as the album. Mac recorded these demos at his home in New York, then when he completed his move to LA he dusted them off and created the official album. Some are full songs with lyrics that didn’t make the cut, others such as One More Love Song or For the First Time are simple sketches of only a drum machine and a rhodes piano, occasionally some impromptu crooning, but these small insights into the origin of the tracks just prove how great of a songwriter DeMarco really is, even when you strip away all the frills and embellishments, his tunes hit you right in the heart.
Canadian art rocker Grimes has returned to the spotlight, scoring the theme song for the new Netflix series Hilda. Grimes has been fairly quiet this year in regards to releasing music, alotting only the occasional “something very soon”. She also made waves on the internet a few months ago appearing at the met gala alongside Elon Musk, as well as appearing in Apple commercials throughout the summer, one specific one teasing new music from the artist. One thing is for certain, a new album is imminent!
Trevor Powers, formerly known as Youth Lagoon, returned to the scene last month with his debut record under his own name entitled Mulberry Violence. Film It All is the standout track from the effort in my opinion, moving his voice to the forefront instead of hiding it behind his grandiose arrangements, meshing it with the squealing of his electronic instruments, Trevor sounds a lot more confident in himself and his art.
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