This morning I woke up to some weird music news. Canadian slack-rocker Mac DeMarco dropped a new single "Nobody," while announcing his new record, Here Comes the Cowboy out in May. But, um, do both the lead single and the album title sound familiar to anyone? Anyone? Yeah, that's because indie rock god Mitski released universally acclaimed album Be the Cowboy last year that also featured a lead single called "Nobody." And this wasn't a low-key release that maybe a couple of music outlets picked up—it was one of the top albums of 2018, consistently featured in nearly every major year-end round-up of the best releases that year. Mac, where you been?
In a statement to Pitchfork, DeMarco's representative said that he had "never listened to Mitski's album" and only learned about both the album and song after naming his own album title and single. Which checks out, I guess. Mitski's "Nobody" definitely sounds leagues different from DeMarco's "Nobody." But the more distressing question is: has Mac ever listened to Mitski!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!!? They are both indie blog darlings and consistently play the same show and festival circuit. I'd even go as far to say they overlap fanbases. And while I do think this "coincidence" is very fucking suspect, at the very least, DeMarco revealed himself as a musician who doesn't listen to his contemporaries. In his own genre! Which, for someone in a creative field, is a little embarrassing.
For her part, Mitski was gracious about the coincidence, tweeting:
haha! I'm 100% sure mac & I just went fishing in the same part of the collective unconscious! What's wild is we have the same PR, so I LOVE my personal conspiracy theory that she heard the album+track titles but kept quiet thinking maybe some Mac fans will mistakenly find me loll https://t.co/qSTDXJBHjK
— mitski (@mitskileaks) March 5, 2019
She concludes the thread wishing him a happy release, letting everyone know she's not upset. "my god, why is everyone mad? i'm laughing!" And in the spirit of Mitski's grace, I realized that Mac's lack of knowledge is an easy fix. So Mac, don't worry—I got your Mitski starter kit right here. It includes that song everyone keeps bugging you about called "Nobody." It's off her album Be the Cowboy, as you might've heard. It's catchy, which is funny given how it's about being alone:
There's also "Your Best American Girl," off her fourth album Puberty 2 (which is like one word away from being your album title 2, huh?). This song makes me want to smash things!
And finally, the song that made me fall in love with Mitski, "First Love/Late Spring" off Bury Me At Makeout Creek. It's a Shower Anthem.
Hey Mac, I really hope this helps!