Five Easy Hot Dogs
Mac’s Record Label
After having cancelled his tour indefinitely back in May from last year, Mac DeMarco suddenly returns with Five Easy Hot Dogs. This new instrumental album was the result of the musician’s spontaneous road trip through some parts of North America; hence all 14 tracks being named by its place of origin and recording.
“Gualala” greets the album with a melodic acoustic guitar and a soft drumbeat, feeling like a gloomy but bittersweet tune. However, at some point, there is a change of tempo which is too subtle too actually notice. This last feature is probably one that stands out the most throughout all the record. As the music progresses, DeMarco takes us in the same journey as him, connecting each song with one another and setting a serene atmosphere. “Portland 2” and “Vancouver” have vibrant openings and warm symphonies, recalling some jazz vibes blended with minuscule synth sounds. Moreover, the change of weather can be sensed in “Chicago”, which is a fun track to listen to thanks to the funky aura that gives life to every instrument.
Although this record is something different from what it is expected from the artist, it keeps Demarco’s distinctive sound and personality that characterize his songs. With every tune, more instruments and harmonies arise and maintain a smooth mood that is reflected in each melody. Overall, this album is the perfect company for any road trip.
SPILL ALBUM REVIEW: MAC DeMARCO – FIVE EASY HOT DOGS