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Album of the Week – Jesse Mac Cormack – Now – 03/05/19

Album of the Week – Jesse Mac Cormack – Now – 03/05/19

Vampire Weekend and Big Thief have a right to feel aggrieved, but there can be only one!

There’s more than a hint of Talk Talk to the vocals and the sweeping synths on this new release from Montreal native singer-songwriter Jesse Mac Cormack. It’s a varied album of synths and simple bass lines that occasionally lifts to something quite majestic.

“Mixed by Matt Wiggins in the UK (Adele, London Grammar, Lorde, U2), Jesse Mac Cormack’s new album Now is a work of ardent, kaleidoscopic art-rock that is at once a dazzling premiere and the culmination of a meticulous five-year evolution. Over the course of three EPs – 2014’s Music for the Soul, 2015’s Crush and 2016’s After the Glow – Jesse has gathered accolades and refined his vision, nourishing a songwriting that is lavish and undaunted. Whereas Jesse’s earlier work drew heavily from folk and roots-rock – Les Inrocks called him the “new hero of modern folk” – the songs on Now are prismatic and forward-facing, recalling the adventurous pop of Tame Impala, Talk Talk and Perfume Genius.

The record’s landscape is the open space of the Mojave desert – “vast and weird,” the tranquil bed of what was once a teeming ocean. Death Valley has long loomed large in Jesse’s imaginary and is omnipresent in many visual aspects of Now. For some, albums are statements: the summation of who you are and what you want. For others they’re documents: the recording of a particular moment in time, before it fades away. Now is somehow both: a statement of principles and a blink of the eye; painstaking songcraft and an acknowledgment of flow.  “If you succeed at being yourself, nothing can stop you,” Jesse says. At 30 years old, Jesse Mac Cormack is gathering the world around him.”

Other Releases –

Barrie – Happy to Be Here

Big Thief – U.F.O.F.

Editors – The Blanck Mass Sessions

L7 – Scatter The Rats

Vampire Weekend – Father Of The Bride

FLAMINGODS – Levitation (Moshi Moshi)

TACOCAT – This Mess is a Place (Sub Pop)

DRAHLA – Useless Coordinates (Captured Tracks)

VERSING – 10000 (Hardly Art)

BODY TYPE – EP 2 (Partisan)

HILANG CHILD – Stripped. Rebuilt EP (Bella Union)

SIMON BONNEY – Past, Present, Future (Mute)

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