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Ode to Viceroy

 

Ah, that post-Christmas feeling; slightly out of kilter, dreamy, melancholy but oddly fulfilled. Boxing day yes, but this also aptly describes much of the work of Montreal up-and-comer Mac DeMarco.

2012 has been a busy year for Mac DeMarco. In the spring he released the trippy, self-parodying EP Rock and Roll Night Club, and then quickly followed it up in October with a more cohesive but still weird full-length LP, titled 2. “Ode to Viceroy” is a track off 2, and I chose it because I think it showcases DeMarco’s strengths. Right from the opening chords it has a retro, simple groove that doesn’t sound much like anything else from the year 2012. The slow-tempo, heavily filtered guitars and soft voice singing lazily overtop gives the vibe of Real Estate on acid. The simple but wicked hook on the chorus, courtesy of a Danelectro, makes you forget that DeMarco is in fact professing his love for a certain brand of cigarettes.

This guy is young, ambitious and creative. That, combined with a hugely entertaining and hilarious live performance and an impressive work ethic, makes me think that 2013 is going to be just as strange. And I can’t wait.

-Graham

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