Earlier at the moment, sweet, typically harmless indie boy Mac DeMarco introduced his subsequent album, Here Comes the Cowboy, and shared its first single, “Nobody.” Perfectly innocuous. Utterly unremarkable. Right? Ho boy, you would like! As it so occurs, be it by sheer coincidence, troll-y advertising and marketing, or willful ignorance, we’ve heard all of it earlier than. Just final 12 months, truly, when gentle of our lives Mitski launched her treasured album Be the Cowboy, properly forward of our current yee-haw cultural dominance. Its standout single? Also titled “Nobody.”
How mad is the web proper now on the presumed theft by a median man of a girl’s nice work, you ask? Off the charts!
Mitski’s unique didn’t fly below the radar — the album topped a number of year-end lists, including Vulture’s — so how might Mac have been so clueless? Well, because it additionally occurs, he preemptively acknowledged his challenge’s likeness to Mitski in a statement from his rep, saying, welp, he by no means even listened to her album or knew it or her music “Nobody” existed till he’d already titled his, so no hurt no foul. “This one is my cowboy report,” he elaborated. “Cowboy is a time period of endearment to me, I exploit it typically when referring to folks in my life. Where I grew up, there are various folks that sincerely put on cowboy hats and do cowboy actions. These aren’t the folks I’m referring to.”
For Mitski’s half — whose opinion is the one one which issues right here — she’s not peeved. In reality, she finds the entire thing foolish, as ought to all of us, as a result of look at who we’re talking about. “‘I’m 100% certain mac & I simply went fishing in the identical a part of the collective unconscious!” she tweeted, noting that she and Mac share a publicist and so this was all seemingly a stunt not meant to roil the far corners of Indie Music Twitter. She continued, “I LOVE my private conspiracy principle that she heard the album+monitor titles however saved quiet considering possibly some Mac followers will mistakenly discover me loll.”
Okay, however who will invite Hozier’s “Nobody” to weigh in on this debate?