Tackling love from a variety of angles with a wide array of techniques.
Mac DeMarco sets the stage for his "mini-LP" of love songs "Another One" (Captured Tracks) right from the start.
"The Way You'd Love Her" has all the hallmarks of the Far Rockaway singer-songwriter's recent work. It's guitar-driven and clever, with a loping, laid-back drumbeat that pushes the song forward without any urgency. The main difference, for this album's purposes, is that it's directly, almost naively, about love. There's a trembling effect on the guitar work that makes the whole song sound a bit woozy, as if love has taken away his ability to focus.
The title track offers the other side, with lyrics spelling everything out over a spare synth backdrop.
DeMarco bounces between these storytelling techniques throughout "Another One." Sometimes, he focuses on a feeling, like in the super-simple, repetitive, almost jam-band-ish "Just to Put Me Down." Sometimes, he focuses on the explanation, like in the story-driven "A Heart Like Hers." Sometimes, he experiments by recording the sounds of Jamaica Bay for "My House by the Water" and then giving out his home address just to see what happens. Probably, even more love -- of his music.
THE GRADE B+