That time we caught up with Mac DeMarco for The Naked Issue in 2012
Ever wanted to, like, gut yourself? In lieu of the courage to disembowel myself out of morbid curiosity, I often turn to the dependably harrowing music of Swan Meat (AKA Reba Fay). It is music that jars and lacerates and bludgeons and torments, weaponising the scarred recesses of a burdened mind to both distressing and unbelievably compelling effect. Having said that, new mini-release LATHE OF HEAVEN switches it up, withholding overt brutalisation for a vibe that touches on the plaintive and playful (!!).
Opener ‘THE CRUCIBLE / CANDYLAND’’s orchestral first half bleeds into a gorgeously bleak dirge incorporating Fay’s defeated-sounding vocals and shards of shred-toned guitar, while ‘ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN’ comes off like an impish, spectral R&B beat from some craggy netherworld. The latter is about “getting to 1st base w/ the 1 you love”, an enviable experience that probably rivals unspooling your own entrails. Do one, do both… either way, ensure it’s Swan Meat soundtracking the experience.