Mac DeMarco, Salad Days (Captured Tracks)
In a 2012 interview with Exclaim, DeMarco described his sound as "jizz jazz.” Apart from the disturbing connotations of the word "jizz," the phrase seems apt to describe his lackadaisical pop-hued sound on his third Captured Tracks release Salad Days. Deeply anchored by groovy and crisp bass lines and teased forward by bright, noodle-y guitar work, Salad Days' easygoing odd-pop can call to mind artists as far-flung as Steely Dan, The Velvet Underground, Yo La Tengo, Real Estate and even Credence Clearwater Revival (in its rolling-river progressions). The velveteen, almost-R&B album opener and title track is the perfect distillation of all that is good about DeMarco: his off-color sense of humor, his knack for effortless and captivating melody and his impossible penchant for genre straddling. This album is pure, drifting stoner joy. With Salad Days, the 23-year-old DeMarco proves that his music is maturing even if he refuses to.