Montreal born and based singer-songwriter Jesse Mac Cormack recently released new record, Now on Secret City Records, which has many influences, and genres coinciding on one record. Savage Garden, Radiohead and Lenny Kravitz all get head nods from the singer, whose album has been mixed by Matt Wiggins, who’s previously worked on Adele’s and U2’s albums.
A varied work that laments his experience and maturity as a songwriter, Now is a work that outlines his lavish song writing, and a confidence that sees him fusing genres. This album sees him moving away somewhat from the folk and roots music ingrained in his previous EPs, and move to a more adventurous pop-sound. At times a little more rock n roll, Mac Cormack has cultivated a sound that sees him moving forward ahead of these EPs of previous.
Now not only documents a moment in time, it reinforces the principles of Jesse Mac Cormack, which for someone of only thirty, seems an achievement. However, it’s not really to my taste, with more strays towards the likes of Darren Hayes than the others, which albeit refined, is bordering to much on the sublime pop than I care to handle.
Now, the title track, is the one that personally stands out, four tracks in. With a gritty riff and a repetitive edge that makes it somewhat catchy, this sways a little from the rest of the album’s style. Passageway is serene and melodic, but the minimalism offsets Mac Cormack’s vocals, which oft sounds better juxtaposed with the sounds of a full-backing accompaniment. Sunday is a lullaby that sees me switching off before the lyrics commence. Hurricane contains a little discord, a darker track still somewhat minimal in noise.
Now sees a shift in Jesse Mac Cormack’s sound, but the move towards sublime pop, albeit confident, is lacking, not as sumptuous as would be hoped from this level of mixing. Often slow, morbidly melodic and minimal I feel there is room for improvement from this most recent Mac Cormack release.
Now is out now, via Secret City Records.