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Not everything appears instantly. Jesse Mac Cormack's astonishing debut album arrives unhurried: a work of ardent, kaleidoscopic art-rock that is at once a dazzling premiere and the culmination of a meticulous five-year evolution. Over the course of three EPs - 2014's Music for the Soul, 2015's Crush and 2016's After the Glow - the Montreal native has gathered accolades and refined his vision, nourishing a songwriting that is lavish and undaunted. Whereas Jesse's earlier work drew heavily from folk and roots-rock - Les Inrocks called him the "new hero of modern folk" - the songs on Now are prismatic and forward-facing, recalling the adventurous pop of Tame Impala, Talk Talk and Perfume Genius.

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released May 3, 2019

P&C 2019 Secret City Records Inc.

Recorded by Jesse Mac Cormack and Tonio Morin-Vargas at Jesse's studio and Breakglass Studios in Montreal.

Produced by Jesse Mac Cormack
Mixed by Matt Wiggins at Strongroom Studios, UK
Mastered by Chris Gehringer at Sterling Sound, NYC

Written and composed by Jesse Mac Cormack
Strings and brass arranged by Gabriel Desjardins
Published by Secret City Publishing Inc.

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Jesse Mac Cormack Montreal, Québec

Not everything appears instantly. Jesse Mac Cormack’s astonishing debut album arrives unhurried: a work of ardent, kaleidoscopic art-rock that is at once a dazzling premiere and the culmination of a meticulous five-year evolution. Over the course of three EPs, the Montreal native has gathered accolades and refined his vision, nourishing a songwriting that is lavish and undaunted. ... more

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Track Name: Give A Chance
-- Lyrics --

Drink a lie, tranquilize
Know it high, you’re always high
Know it low, under the halo I show
Give it all that you ask from the palm of my hand
Know me deeply as I was once blessed
Come a long way to find
Gonna end up apart
Change your mind, waste some time
For the sake of my, me, mine
Stay open, stay alive
There is no sense, only life
I will change, I will kill
I will fuck, we will bleed

Only know how it feels
To be touched once inside
Only fear, you know it all
Just stepped foot in the hall
Let it die in the fall
Let it grow in the spring
Give a chance, give a chance
Give a glance to begin

Don’t belong to anyone
Never done, you go on
Switch bulb of your sun
When you can’t trigger fun
Let it die in the fall
Let it die when it calls
Give a chance, give a chance
Give a glance once for all

There’s a gap in the middle
And it’s too wide to jump across
Ain’t no other way than climbing down
And up again

Ain’t no other way than climbing down
And up again

We come a long way to find
We’re gonna end up apart

We come a long way
Way to find
Way to find
We’re gonna end up apart
We’re gonna end up apart
We’re gonna end up apart
Track Name: No Love Go
-- Lyrics --

You, me, blowing in the wind, holding on a thread
You knew I had seen it all around way before I said
Hold it back, I’m beginning to think you’re too far ahead
Please, please don’t get me wrong but I’m starting to be scared

No, I can’t mend the pieces of your heart
But I can tell ya, I would stay if, I was meant to
Spend the only moment that we got
Set fire to my body on the spot
And I’m sure you understand
That I, you know, I can’t pretend
If there’s no love go, I leave

One shot before I leave for good to the underground
No promise that I will ever get there safe and sound
Break, break my heart, make love to my soul, tell me what you found
Please, please leave when I think we had enough and it’s bringing us down

No, I can’t mend the pieces of your heart
But I can tell ya, I would stay if, I was meant to
Spend the only moment that we got
Set fire to my body on the spot
And I’m sure you understand
That I, you know I can’t pretend
If there’s no love go, I leave

No
Never gonna make it
Break your heart, make love to your soul
If there’s no love go, I leave
I leave
Track Name: Stay
-- Lyrics --

One day at the time
You are everybody else but mine
If we leave it behind
We go again and we stand in the line

And I’m missing the desert fun
Yeah, what could we do to keep it forever?
No, we’re not the only ones
Wild spirits are looking young

There’s a hole in my chest
When I think of the times out west
Lovin’ you for the best
Whenever I wanted, no regrets

And I’m missing the desert fun
Yeah, what could we do to keep it together?
No, we’re not the only ones
Wild spirits are looking young

You can’t save me
You can’t bring me back
From the way they raised me
And every single lack

And I’m missing the desert fun
Yeah, what could we do to keep it together?
No, we’re not the only ones
Wild spirits are looking young

And I’m missing the desert fun
Yeah, what could we do to keep it together?
No, we’re not the only ones
Wild spirits are looking young
Track Name: Now
-- Lyrics --

Now is too late
Now is too great
Moment’s already past
We’re never gonna last
In such a state
Cannot see straight
Bring me down to the fact that I will die alone
Alone, alone, alone
Alone, alone, alone
Alone, alone, alone
Alone

Even if I refuse
I can only think of the future
Filling the space between
I can only think of the future
I can only think of the future

Even if I refuse
I can only

Even if I refuse
I can only

Even if I refuse
I can only think of the future

Make the earth shake
Till we both break
Out of this state of hate
Able to communicate
We’ve got nothing
To be complaining
Either we start a debate
Or we start living along
Along, along, along
Along, along, along
Along, along, along
Along

Even if I refuse
I can only think of the future
Filling the space between
I can only think of the future
I can only think of the future
Track Name: Ever Go On
-- Lyrics --

And I
And I
And I

And I let you go just as you took me in
And I can’t separate an end from where it begins
Don’t know what the hell is going on
Losing myself, I want the light
I want the light to ever go on

It’s a fire that refuses to be touched
‘Cause I like it so much
It’s the romance I wish I had never met
‘Cause I never can forget
It’s the moment I stop lying to myself
‘Cause I like it so much
Losing myself, I want the light
I want the light to ever go on

And I know my heart is pounding way too fast
And the souvenirs attached to it won’t last
You can kill me know I’m ready to die
Losing myself, I want the light
I want the light to ever go on

It’s a fire that refuses to be touched
‘Cause I like it so much
It’s the romance I wish I had never met
‘Cause I never can forget

It’s a fire that refuses to be touched
‘Cause I like it so much
It’s the romance I wish I had never met
‘Cause I never can forget
It’s the moment I stop lying to myself
‘Cause I like it so much
Losing myself, I want the light to ever go on
Track Name: Passageway
-- Lyrics --

So I can be the same as when the room is dark
So nothing can refrain me along the way
‘Cause nothing compares to when I realize
And get it while I can
Not only once I’m dead
Track Name: Sunday
-- Lyrics --

I’d love to see you cry on a Sunday afternoon
A message from the sky announcing the full moon
Maybe just to know that I am not the only one
On the run

I’d break you down to pieces, study every inch of you
I’d draw the stars down on a map to show me what to do
Oh, baby, just to know that I don’t love you more than you do

Looking for you all night
Thinking about you all day
And I know there ain’t no other way
Track Name: To The End
-- Lyrics --

I had to come all the way down here to know
How much it meant to me but then I had to go
Spending all my time inside my mind
I’ve got to close my eyes so much it shines

And today is the day I’m feeling it the most
‘Cause all that I treasure is on the other coast
And I’m ready to leave everything I know behind
The minute it started happening, it was a sign

There’s nothing in the world I’d rather do, no
Than settle in a state of love
Man, I never wanted it so much
I wanna be the father of your child

Your wishes are my command, tie me to the floor
I don’t even understand, I’m just faithful to the score
I’m a slave that behaves in way that pleases you
Ride me to the end, be my only friend

Give me a child in the night
Let it be born in the light
Give me a child in the night
Let it be born in the light

Ride me to the end, be my only friend
Ride me to the end, be my only friend
Track Name: Hurricane
-- Lyrics --

It came from beneath
It was lit up at night
Banned from the day
Showed a pretty sight

Held down to stay
Face to the ground
And for years and years to come
It stayed still
Only shifted slowly towards the flame
That lit up the glow

Look into the eyes of the hurricane
Take him by the horns, call him by his name
You know it very well, for you it’s just the same
No, you’ll never be ready to

Look into the eyes of the hurricane
Take him by the horns, call him by his name
Never want to be ready to explain
No, you’ll never be ready to be ashamed

That day, that day, that day I got by the rainbow
And I never wanted you to know
Still to this day you don’t
No, you don’t
No, you don’t

And I know where I’m from
Scars are only to become
And now they show
And now they show, yeah

And I knew where I was going
Till my feet started lifting
Off the ground, they went
Off the ground, they went

Look into the eyes of the hurricane
Take him by the horns, call him by his name
You know it very well for you it’s just the same
No, you’ll never be ready to

Look into the eyes of the hurricane
Take him by the horns, call him by his name
Never want to be ready to explain
No, you’ll never be ready to be ashamed
Track Name: Nothing Lasts
-- Lyrics --

I wanna die in a place like this
Where the mind and the matter coexist
And make best use of the time we have
You can never take back the harm that’s been done
But you can certainly think about the one that’s about to become
From what I know, time spent in the depth
Never goes to waste, no

Don’t love me back
‘Cause nothing lasts
Nothing returns

There’s something real
It’s not what you think, oh no
It’s what you feel

It’s all inside waiting for the day you let it shine
And as long as you keep the faith
You won’t let a single drop go to waste
No, you won’t let a single drop go to waste

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