Mac DeMarco – Here Comes the Cowboy
Here Comes the Cowboy encapsulates a liberating sense of past struggle with heartbreaking lyrics and vivacious instrumentation
Here Comes the Cowboy begins with the title track, featuring a looped guitar line while a metronomic drumstick beat keeps time and Mac DeMarco sings 'Here comes the cowboy' over and over for three minutes. It is what it is.
The album truly begins with the joyfully playful second track Nobody, featuring clean staccato guitar lines, cool tape organ tones and gorgeous vocals. With no structure or section change during its runtime, it transcends hope, but keeps you on your knees.
Tracks like Choo Choo, Heart to Heart and Finally Alone create a vibin' canvas of charm and personality; there’s a definite trend to DeMarco's writing, especially on his last few albums. It seems as though he writes more with synth and keys rather than guitar with the end result generating more subtle and scenic song types.
Here Comes the Cowboy carefully encapsulates a liberating sense of past struggle with heartbreaking lyrics and vivacious instrumentation, and in true DeMarco form it yields lush basslines and tranquil vocal melodies accompanied with simple percussion. His vocal runs and melodies at times provide an almost soul feel – everything is smooth with very few edges, however there’s still enough raw elements to sustain your interest.
Listen to: Preoccupied, All of Our Yesterdays, Baby Bye Bye