ACL Music Fest 2014 Saturday Reviews

ACL Music Fest 2014 Saturday Reviews

Mac DeMarco

Salad Days (Captured Tracks)

We last left Mac DeMarco as a hyper-underground weirdo writing songs somewhere out in Small Town, British Columbia. Since then, this star has risen on the tongues of kid sisters and Target commercials. The music industry moves in mysterious ways. DeMarco remains signed to Captured Tracks, and his second (technically fourth) disc sticks to the basics. Recorded in his Brooklyn apartment, Salad Days tosses off the same charmed, lazy pop songs with a balsamic aftertaste. "Passing Out Pieces" documents the very real process of breaking off pieces of your soul and selling them as digital downloads in contrast to "Let My Baby Stay?," a slow dance of a love song directed at his longtime, pre-fame girlfriend. If this all sounds standard, it is. Mac DeMarco writes easy music, and he's happy to cover "Takin' Care of Business" live. What have we learned? Maybe that rock music has become so sobering that someone who willingly disarms from the heavy vibes is what the world wants, if not what it needs. (1:30pm, RetailMeNot stage)

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