Mac DeMarco = Steely Dan / Ariel Pink
Another One sounds like the work of a seasoned musician that writes hit songs as naturally as they breathe. Mac DeMarco’s maturity in songwriting here doesn’t just reflect a slacker looking inward to craft songs like “Passing Out Pieces” from his last album, Salad Days. No, these songs reflect a musician that’s constantly being refined by classic songwriters from the 70s like Steely Dan, who mixes synthesizers and guitar rhythms like it’s clockwork, and smooth contemporary Japanese artists like Shigeo Sekito. DeMarco sampled Sekito’s, “The Word II”, for his mellow synth-heavy jam, “Chamber Of Reflection”, on Salad Days, and much of Another One follows the same vein of dreamy keyboard jams that are instantly cinematic. DeMarco’s voice is also crucial to Another One’s classic appeal, as he experiments with higher-pitched vocals, and harmonizing, to create an album that feels pivotal to his potential as a timeless artist, and not just our favorite goofball-rocker of the 21st century.