Dork Radio
Now playing:
In the mag...
Featuring Girl in Red, Inhaler, Beabadoobee, Blaenavon and more.
Order a copy
December 2019 / January 2020
Album review

Mac DeMarco - Here Comes the Cowboy

This is a record that's 100% proof - true to itself and its creator at every step.
Label: Caroline International
Released: 10th May 2019
Rating: ★★★
Mac DeMarco - Here Comes the Cowboy
Published: 12:13 pm, May 09, 2019Words: Dan Harrison.

Yee-haw is big business at the moment. It's not just the much publicised "honestly, I had no idea" coincidences that match Mac DeMarco's new album 'Here Comes The Cowboy' with Mitski's much-lauded 2018 record 'Be The Cowboy' either. Everywhere we turn, there's someone trying to whack on a Stetson and a six-shooter. But while so many of these things are a slavish following of trend, there's none of that to be found with Mac. This is a record that's 100% proof - true to itself and its creator at every step.

In the most part, that's a positive thing. In others, it's a bitter sweet flaw. 'Here Comes The Cowboy' may pack a strident title, but it's far more likely to be found relaxing on the ranch than calling the shots at high noon. While few would claim to listen to Mac DeMarco for the bangers, it makes for an album that's possibly slightly too easy to let fade into the background.

At its best, like the woozy 'Heart to Heart' or magnificent 'All Our Yesterdays', it's as strong as ever. At others - like the baffling 'Choo Choo' - complete with train impressions and enthusiastic whistles - it's all rather Ralph Wiggum's Funk Oddessy. If that's a good or a bad thing it's hard to say. It's certainly something.

Give all this a try

Hype! Hype! Hype! Introducing our brand new double issue, featuring Girl In Red, Inhaler and loads more!
New issue!

Hype! Hype! Hype! Introducing our brand new double issue, featuring Girl In Red, Inhaler and loads more!

Two covers, a bumper double edition, and all the new talent you could ever need.
Pumarosa dive headfirst into an exciting new future
Feature

Pumarosa dive headfirst into an exciting new future

Their debut album ‘The Witch’ was a critical darling, but with its arrival came news that changed everything for Pumarosa. Now back with a second album which rips up expectation; they’re a band reborn.
Foals: Extinction Rebels
Feature

Foals: Extinction Rebels

Nearly 15 years after forming, Foals have just released their most outward-looking record to date, heralding a new era of social accountability, visceral lyrics and a commitment to saving our dying planet. That's if Yannis doesn't do himself another mischief first…
Biig Piig: Finding a home in music
Feature

Biig Piig: Finding a home in music

Biig Piig infuses her intimate neo-soul vignettes with influences from her time growing up in Spain.
Like this? Subscribe to Dork and get every issue delivered direct to your door anywhere on the planet.
CONTACT PRIVACY ADVERTISE

© 2018 The Bunker Publishing