Tag: Mac Demarco
Whoa whoa whoa! Mac DeMarco has unveiled a spectacular new single from his forthcoming record, Salad Days, and it’s as though he made it just for us! A big step up in production values from the king of shambolic, lo-fi guitar pop and a big step up in the number of synthesizers. We were already looking forward to more DeMarco but now it’s reaching fever pitch.
Majical Cloudz – Kisses Like A Girl (Sean Nicholas Savage cover)
Mozart’s Sister – Standing In A Line (Sean Nicholas Savage cover)
Everyone in the Canadian music community is aware of Sean Nicholas Savage‘s reputation as an incredible songwriter. He’s released ten-odd albums, each of which contains countless treasures, so it’s no surprise to see such luminaries as Doldrums, Majical Cloudz, Mac DeMarco, Pat Jordache, and so many more covering his tunes on this brand new compilation, available for free from Arbutus Records. Sean is set to release an important full-length in 2013, one that he’s been working on for over a year (a long time for him).
Silent Shout is presenting Sean’s performance at Double Double Land in Toronto on Feb 15, with performances from AGOR of Blue Hawaii and Sexy Merlin, and Cadence Weapon and Doldrums DJing.
This post also appeared on Berlin’s No Fear of Pop.
One of the more endearing elements of Mac DeMarco‘s often endearing rise to prominence has been the proliferation of side projects involving the members of his live band. Walter TV, the spastic psych-pop group fronted by DeMarco’s bass player Pierce McGarry, put out a couple of excellent releases last year, and guitarist Peter Sagar is following suit with his project, Homeshake.
Homeshake’s first release, The Homeshake Tape, is very clearly the work of the same group of people, and to some extent splits the difference between Mac DeMarco and Walter TV, embracing the downbeat, jangly-guitared languor of some of DeMarco’s work, while nodding to Walter TV’s more experimental flourishes. “Northern Man” is perhaps the best marrying of these two aesthetics, with Sagar’s shamblingly intricate guitar playing combining with a likeably lazy vocal into something redolent of the best Elephant 6 recordings. “Moon Woman,” by contrast, is pure DeMarco. All smooth sleaze without the rough edges sanded down, the general creep providing cover for a tightly composed, totally guileless little love song. As with seemingly everything associated with Mac DeMarco, it’s always listenable, frequently interesting, and when all else fails it gets by on charm and personality. Stream/purchase The Homeshake Tape at Bandcamp.
This post originally appeared on our Berlin brethren No Fear of Pop.
2012 has been the strongest year in memory for Canadian electronic pop. Established artists started new electronic projects, amazing new talents appeared seemingly out of nowhere, and one of our shining stars became a superstar recognized the world over. Canada is clearly at the epicenter of the zeitgeist – it’s a testament to the unbelievable talent in this country that we have 100 songs to present to you as the best of the year, and STILL had to exclude so many excellent tracks.
Montreal and Toronto may still have the most representatives of any Canadian city, but dark electro is thriving everywhere, from Halifax to Calgary, Ottawa to Vancouver, and exciting new hotbeds appearing in London, Ontario, and Grande Prairie, Alberta. We’re not too exclusively nationalist here at Silent Shout, so border states (minus NYC) appear too, with artists from Minneapolis, Seattle, and Brattleboro, Vermont making our list.
A huge thank you to all our readers, the folks who attend our events, and the bands that make brilliant music across this land for making 2012 an unforgettable year for us. Here’s to an even bigger 2013 for Canadian electronic music.
25. Holy Family – My Kayfabe Babe
There has been so much amazing music made this year. Most of these albums have been on constant repeat at the Silent Shout office since we heard them. If you’ve been following the blog all year our love for these records won’t surprise you. If you haven’t, we can’t wait for you to hear them! There shouldn’t be so much damn agreement in the critical world. We don’t need multiple lists of the same 50 albums in a slightly different order.
11. Hot & Cold – Border Area – Bandcamp
3. Blanche Blanche Blanche – Wink with Both Eyes – Stream
Check out 20-11 here.
10. Mac DeMarco – European Vegas
Directed by Angus Borsos
9. Slim Twig – All This Wanting
Directed by Emily Pelstring
8. Doldrums – She Is The Wave
Directed by Emily Kai Bock
7. Beta Frontiers – Oceana
Directed by Andrew Olivares
6. Silkken Laumann – On the Mend
Directed by Tyler Reekie
5. Maylee Todd – Baby’s Got It
Directed by Reynard Li
4. Sean Nicholas Savage – You Changed Me
Directed by Angus Borsos
3. Grimes – Oblivion
Directed by Emily Kai Bock
2. Mac DeMarco – She’s Really All I Need
Directed by Pierce McGarry of Walter TV
1. Kontravoid – Silent Visions
Directed by Ryan Paterson and Cameron Findlay
We can only assume this won’t be up for long. But it’s a great song! Mac DeMarco, everyone.
Cabaal – Out of Body
Sexy Merlin – Heater
Chrome and the Ice Queen – Young & True
Black Walls – Hiatus
A.A. Wallace – Offline
Mac DeMarco – Rock and Roll Night Club
Live Action Fezz – You Are
DBL Dragon – Argue
Soft Riot – Another Drone In Your Head
Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You (Ryan Hemsworth Bootleg)
Saturns – Diamonde
Crystal Castles – Plague
Stars – The Theory of Relativity