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Montreal songwriter and producer Jesse Mac Cormack has announced his upcoming album SOLO, to be released on April 8th via Secret City Records.

“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 driven 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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--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

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released January 25, 2022
Jesse Mac Cormack – Vocals, Drums, Keyboard

Recorded in Montreal, QC at Village Studio
Engineered by Jesse Mac Cormack
Mixed by Tonio Morin-Vargas
Mastered by Shawn Hatfield
Producer by Jesse Mac Cormack

Written and composed by Jesse Mac Cormack.
Published by Secret City Publishing Inc.


2022 Secret City Records 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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