Mac DeMarco, the 26-year-old indie music star from Edmonton, has been having a very good year. So far, 2016 has found DeMarco touring incessantly, performing at big-name festivals including Glastonbury, headlining An Evening with Mac DeMarco at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and launching his official fan club.
During a recent swing up into Canada, DeMarco agreed to play a rare, intimate session at b.b gun leather workshop in East Vancouver. His old high-school buddy, John Lent, joined in on a vintage Rhodes piano in a space that oozes an ineffable, pre-digital age charm.
Turns out, this was a great fit for DeMarco's quirky, old-soul approach to music. He's an artist who, not unlike Prince and Stevie Wonder before him, plays all the tracks on his records. His songs are compact, direct messages packaged into three minutes. Maybe it's his admiration for songwriters from decades gone that fires his inspiration; he makes no secret of loving the music of Elton John, Steely Dan and Billy Joel.
DeMarco's six-song set included a mix of recent songs from his late 2015 EP, Another One, along with older songs from Salad Days and 2. The special treat is a cover of Billy Joel's 1977 mega hit "Just the Way You Are," which is a great place to start, don't you think?
'Just the Way You Are'
'Cookin' Up Something Good'
'Let Her Go'
Check out last year's exclusive b.b gun session with Father John Misty.