Mac DeMarco - Salad Days - 2014 Indie Pop Rock LP + Poster

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Mac Demarco - Salad Days

Label: Captured Tracks – CT-193
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Gatefold cover includes inner sleeve with lyrics, a double-sided poster and a dropcard for a free mp3 download of the album.
Released: 01 Apr 2014
Genre: Rock
Style: Indie Rock


A1 Salad Days
A2 Blue Boy
A3 Brother
A4 Let Her Go
A5 Goodbye Weekend
A6 Let My Baby Stay

B1 Passing Out Pieces
B2 Treat Her Better
B3 Chamber Of Reflection
B4 Go Easy
B5 Jonny's Odyssey

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Recorded At – Jizz Jazz Studios
Mastered At – Bonati Mastering


Layout – Ryan McCardle
Mastered By – Josh Bonati
Photography By – Coley Brown
Typography – Stefan Marx
Written-By, Performer, Recorded By – Mac DeMarco

Recorded in Brooklyn, NY in October 2013.

Mac DeMarco rightfully earned his title as indie rock’s class clown with his first two albums. However, for his 2014, Salad Days, he pumps the brakes on the shenanigans, hings would be darker and more serious this time around. While “darker” for DeMarco seems like a chipper record for anyone else, there’s a maturity evident in both music and lyrics. He pledged to stop writing songs about “absolutely nothing,” effectively ending his run as indie rock Seinfeld, and instead turned his focus inward and onto things he loved

On 2, “Still Together” is the only song clearly dedicated to DeMarco’s longtime girlfriend, while other tracks like “Cooking Up Something Good” and “Annie” have no discernible message. But Salad Days finds him singing to Kiki on three separate occasions: “Let Her Go”, “Treat Her Better”, and “Let My Baby Stay”, the latter of which is also dedicated to the people who might try to get in the way of the couple’s international love. (Kiera “Kiki” McNally is still a citizen of Canada and was an illegal immigrant at the time of the album’s recording. Her visa has since been extended, good news for them as well as his fans who owe her a debt for bringing out the best in the slovenly rocker.) “Let My Baby Stay” is the most restrained song on the record, finding DeMarco fessing up to his own mistakes while pleading with the forces that be to let him hold on to the one thing that keeps him grounded. The tempo and mood of the track fit with the message; an impassioned plea to someone who holds the fate of your love should be measured and calm, and DeMarco plays the part of the desperate, loving beau all to well.

Despite the album’s exhibited growth, a few of DeMarco’s old tricks remain. His ability to take what would normally be an ugly guitar riff and turn it into something vivid has always been intriguing, as if someone figured out the chords as they went along. He abandoned that strategy on 2, only to revisit the incongruent plucks from Rock and Roll Night Club track “She’s Really All I Need” for songs like “Goodbye Weekend” and “Salad Days”. The descending scale on the titular track is pleasing after a few bars, even if it’s rather dissonant upon first listen. The same goes for “Goodbye Weekend”, which starts off sounding like someone’s tuning their guitar until the chorus fleshes things out into a more aesthetically palatable blend. Recording the entire album in his cigarette smoke-filled Brooklyn apartment, DeMarco played every instrument himself, and this strategic mess proves satisfying.

Essential Tracks: “Blue Boy”, “Treat Her Better”, and “Johnny’s Odyssey”

Mac DeMarco - Blue Boy

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Mac DeMarco - Treat Her Better

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Mac DeMarco - Johnny’s Odyssey

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Mac DeMarco - Passing Out Pieces (Official Video)

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More Information
Condition New
Format LP
Label Captured Tracks
Color Black