On the Horizon: Psyched. Alex Calder.

On the Horizon: Psyched. Alex Calder.

If there’s one niggling qualm we’ve cultivated with our man Big Mac, it’s that he doesn’t rely on the sporadically psych propensities flecked throughout Mac DeMarco 2 nearly often enough. Whether that be on the louche Ode to Viceroy, or the in its own way outré slither of Sherrill, when he hits it right his is an effect as woozy as that of Connan Mockasin. And that’s right where Captured Tracks latest catch, Alex Calder, comes into this ever prolix gibberish: Calder is a time-worn chum of DeMarco and indeed once backed up the lanky troubadour live, though then he was shuffled to the back of the pack on drums. Here, he struts to the fore with an infallible confidence: the Suki to Mac’s Kiki, Suki and Me immediately marks Calder out as a perhaps inevitable snare from Mike Sniper et al. as it sounds like an already highly refined mélange of the scatterbrained creative minds of Zachary Cole Smith and DeMarco himself. An estival jaunt evocative of much of Deerhunter’s Halcyon Digest that’s all gooey geetars, pared back rhythmic interventions, and aqueous vocals it’s one to DIIV right in on. Excuse us while we psych on out for the foreseeable…


Alex Calder.

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