I met to post about this last month, but I’ve been so busy here at university with my job, classes and social commitments that I never got around to it. The day before classes officially started, I decided to treat myself to a trip to the local record store, a fine chat about the beauty of power pop with the owner and a few new CDs.
First is Mac Demarco’s “This Old Dog,” which I knew I had to purchase the instant I experienced his purely etherial Lollapalooza set this year. Mac somehow manages to make the most beautiful sounding, jangly, loose and lackadaisical music that actually has such an impressive amount of technical skill and ability in it.Matchy matchy (featuring half of my somewhat clean room and the elbow of my housemate).
I also love his noticeably more personal direction on this album. As a writing student, and a writer myself, I’ve always enjoyed when a musician feels so comfortable that they can write raw, personal lyrical stories about their lives to share with fans. I find it admirable, and I hope to one day be that kind of genuine writer myself.
And, let’s be real here, as the guy standing next to me during the show said to his friends (who were all equally flabbergasted at how good Mac was live as I was), “The guitar…it’s just pretty. It just sounds so pretty.” Shout out to you, my good man. And to the friend I made in the autograph line for Car Seat Headrest, who said almost the exact same.
Next is The Shins’ “Heartworms,” another pickup I knew I had to get after this group’s Lollapalooza show this year. Maybe it’s that I’m finally getting over my preconceived notions of The Shins being “just another folk rock indie band” and digging deeper into their catalogue beyond “Simple Song” and “New Slang” (both beautiful songs that are even better live, I might add), maybe it’s because “Half a Million” has become my designated walking to class song, maybe it’s just that this group is a wildly talented group of musicians who go all-in on their craft. But I can’t wait to put this CD in my car and drive around with my windows down.
What are your thoughts on these records? Have you bought any new CDs lately? As always, thanks for reading, and God bless.