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1.
Blue World 04:41
-- Lyrics -- Wonder what went through your mind When you consciously Pushed all of your children off a cliff The little you must’ve believed Makes me wanna cry Head out Run away Never look back What happened to the blue world It’s spinning counter wise Your hands are tied The sky is still the limit The day that you decided To make an enemy Both knees on the ground You must’ve been ready As the sun rose to light up your vision You didn't even listen You'd rather have your children Living in a prison There's always a good reason Never a solution By the way you’ve behaved And the people you’ve betrayed You will always need a slave To watch over your grave The future’s gonna happen whether we like it or not Right now everybody's standing on a wall Someone pull the plug Pull the trigger on the ones That have been standing on the end of the scale As the sun rose to light up your vision You didn't even listen You'd rather have your children Living in a prison There's always a good reason Never a solution By the way you’ve behaved And the people you’ve betrayed You will always need a slave To watch over your grave
2.
Let It Go 03:52
-- Lyrics -- Go ahead and change everybody’s mind You can have the streets You can run free Parade all you want with your crown If you’re enough of a fool, I pity you Finally I let you out of the prison I’ve built Nothing has changed on the outside I’m letting it go You manipulate without even knowing You both have gone so deep in the hole I bet you barely can remember what light feels like When it touches your skin Finally I let you of the prison I’ve built Nothing has changed on the outside I’m letting it go
3.
NHFN 04:13
-- Lyrics -- As the butterflies Are going away It's hard for me to say Poles have shifted I know where my dreams went They got stuck in the present I was going solo I'll have to breathe it through No pill will make me swallow this one down Can't make this flower grow Without a light And what keeps me going Is that nothing happens for nothing I felt the californian wind in my hair Only I didn't care I was living the dream And that's how it went Now I know what I had Fucking freedom I'll have to breathe it through No pill will make me swallow this one down Can't make this flower grow Without a light And what keeps me going Is that nothing happens for nothing
4.
A&E 03:38
-- Lyrics -- These walls are tinted See the contrast Screaming at you They’re building bridges to the past All of you misses the drug The heart race and the blood rush Infinite blue You can hold me responsible For every wave you get I should’ve known that you would make your way up To the head of the pack I would dry out the oasis If I could go back It's not in your blood It's all in your head
5.
Untitled 01:48
-- Lyrics -- Met you in a dream I had been stuck in the twilight Everyday went by Thinking about the highs Cause once you’ve seen the light You know what it looks like Man I had to go blind To get my shit lined up Popping up to the front of my mind Saw the neons hit the sky It kept me up all night Did what I had to do When thunder strikes Must’ve met you in a dream Mind over matter I knew I had to run I’d rather be fucked up Than get shit done The way you speak about me now Will never change you Maybe you had to go down That was everything for me
6.
L.A. Sky 03:13
-- Lyrics -- Under the permanent blue L.A. sky Utopia cries Out of hypocrisy For a plan b Nobody wants to believe Staring into their black mirrors Staring into their black mirrors I wanna go home the easy way Plug everything in It's only beginning Tomorrow’s a new day I wanna listen No it wasn’t enough And I stopped wondering why We’ll never lose you again Now we know your real name I wanna go home the easy way Plug everything in It's only beginning Tomorrow’s a new day I wanna listen Tomorrow’s a new day I wanna listen
7.
LBTA 05:18
-- Lyrics -- And I know that I’m not dreaming When my blood is flowing And I know that it's true When I’m inside of you And I hate to be the one That breaks everything up I wish you were my runaway My spark in the dark I wish you were my runaway To light up my belief In and out it flows When I’m inside And I’m going around the loop And I don't want to believe I’m always looking back and thinking ahead Promise me Be invisible I wish you were my runaway My spark in the dark I wish you were my runaway To light up my belief In and out it flows When I’m inside
8.
All at Once 03:46
-- Lyrics -- It was a feeling I can’t explain I had to know everything It was a dead end Sky to ocean And you want me back Cracking up open Looking inside dreams we had Wind is blowing So I can see ya All at once in an eggshell Falling in love Colour blind I could feel your chest about to disappear Everything I did was a shot in the dark
9.
The Hills 04:41
-- Lyrics -- I live in the hills Go out in the shade Wake up at sundown The seventh in a row To light up my veins The suicide game Fallen in the good hands Given on a platter No one can touch me My heart is a neon Never had to tell them Broke out of my chains This is how it ends Tomorrow never happens As I head for the coast I picture the boulevard I am what you made me Flipping over rocks I can see the rainbows Right off a cliff Here goes the dream Of a million lives Fallen in the good hands Given on a platter No one can touch me My heart is a neon
10.
Pattern 04:56
-- Lyrics -- These walls are tinted See the contrast Screaming at you They’re building bridges All of me misses the drug The heart race and the blood rush Infinite blue

about

“Betrayal leads to more betrayal. As sheep, we follow and copy/paste behaviors,” writes Mac Cormack of the themes embedded in “Blue World.” This prophetic warning is a fitting starting point for SOLO – an acknowledgement of one’s own fallibility that also serves as a moment of clarity, and a source of confidence on the pathway towards transformation.

In the deepest depths of the Pandemic, with a relationship in its ending, Mac Cormack recalls sending a text to his therapist: “I’m not meeting with you every week just to hang out,” the bilingual musician wrote. “Je veux que ça saigne”—for the work to “bleed.” To mean something. The next time they met, his therapist explained: “That message you sent me? You were really sending it to yourself. You were taking a decision.”

That decision—to move forward, to change and have the courage to love yourself—is the journey of the past two years and also of SOLO, which gleams and shivers and pulses with the heartbeat of an artist in beautiful evolution. A softer album than his debut LP Now (2019), it is nonetheless riven by the fear and flood of disappointment that marked these recent years—and the singer’s childhood.

As on Now, Mac Cormack plays almost every instrument himself, surrounded by a soundtrack of one. Across 10 rippling tracks, the singer summons a sonic world that’s razor-edged and intimate, influenced by the textured electronics of James Blake, Little Dragon, Caribou and SUUNS. Drum machines stutter under blooms of synths; curses float below swirls of loving sound.

Multi-talented, Mac Cormack also produced all the volumes of Helena Deland’s acclaimed Altogether Unaccompanied, as well as several recordings for Rosie Valland, Philippe Brach, Sara-Danielle, Lonny and many others. A home-studio wizard and blazing guitarist, he was tapped to salute his love for Stevie Ray Vaughan and Muddy Waters at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Jesse has forged a solid background that has been influenced by notable encounters and collaborations with such bands as Patrick Watson, The Barr Brothers, Cat Power, Half Moon Run and CRi.

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released April 8, 2022

Jesse Mac Cormack – Vocals, Drums, Keyboard
Félix Petit - Programming (All at Once)

Recorded in Montreal, QC at Village Studio in 2019 and 2020.
Engineered by Jesse Mac Cormack
Mixed by Tonio Morin-Vargas, except "Let It Go" by Jesse Mac Cormack and "LBTA" by John Congleton.
Mastered by Shawn Hatfield
Producer by Jesse Mac Cormack

All songs written and composed by Jesse Mac Cormack.
Published by Secret City Publishing Inc.


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SOLO is the sound of that transformation, recorded over the course of a year and a half, marked by its hardships but also its relief. Across 10 rippling tracks, the singer summons a sonic world that's razor-edged and intimate, influenced by the textured electronics of James Blake, Caribou and SUUNS. Drum machines stutter under blooms of synths; curses float below swirls of loving sound. ... more

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