Album: "One Wayne G"
Artist: Mac Demarco
Label: Mac's Record Label
Non-Airable Tracks: 20200821 Cowboy Sh*t, 20210215 Ball For The Coach, 20210221 Father Of The Year
Not long after Mac Demarco released his instrumental album Five Easy Hot Dogs, the king blessed us all with a 199 song album. One Wayne G has a run time of 9.5 hours, and is a cumulation of unreleased music between 2018 and 2023. The contents include a mixture of instrumental and vocal songs, and is perfect for studying, doing homework, or just hanging out on a warm day. Needless to say, I was not expecting this big of a release. This is by far the longest album I've ever considered listening to, and I hope that other artists see this as an opportunity to think about releasing some of their unreleased work.
Mac Demarco never disappoints when he releases music because he has single-handedly changed the indie genre, and that is proven once again which this album. Each song he releases sounds like something of his own, yet provides a fresh take on what indie music can be. That being said, One Wayne G is more of a demo album with sketches and ideas that couldn't find a place elsewhere in his discography. That's what makes this album feel different: it's a combination of Mac Demarco throughout the years. However, it does reflect a lot similar sounds and calmness from Here Comes the Cowboy and the demos album of it. Lo-fi, nostalgia, and comfort is once again apparent in this album, transporting listeners to times full of relaxation and bliss which is what he does best.
The instrumental tracks are smooth, lo-fi perfection, and that's about all I have to say about them. I've mostly just put this album on in the background of what I'm doing, and from what I can remember "20181212" is one instrumental track that stood out most to me. The synths reminded me more of the Salad Days album, and it brought back memories of when I only listened to Mac Demarco and nothing else. Overall, I recommend these tracks to those who love lo-fi or are in need of some calming, study music.
The vocal tracks, on the other hand, are what made me fall back in love with Mac Demarco. Although similar to Here Comes The Cowboy, these tracks lifted every inch of stress weighing on me. His voice works like magic in a way that each song feels intimate and quiet. It's as if you're the only person in the world and you've finally been able to fully relax. That being said, if something has been on your mind, listen to this. All of that tension will soon be released.
Don't let the run time of this album scare you away. It's not an album that can be picked apart and analyzed, but more of one that plays in the background while doing something else. It sets a comfortable vibe more than anything else, and if that's what you're looking for then I definitely recommend checking it out.
Men I Trust
20200817 Proud True Toyota
20210221 Father Of The Year
20200820 Turn My TV On
Reviewer's Name: Elizabeth McCluskey
Date of Review: April 22, 2023