Lindsay Mac

Lindsay Mac

 
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
BandPopIndie

Nature-inspired synthpop.

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Biography

The stunning electro-pop of Animal Again is the latest opus of singer-songwriter Lindsay Mac. Mac is widely known as the classically trained musician who went rogue and wrote quirky folk that innovatively recast the cello as a pop compositional tool with refreshing tonal capabilities. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based artist is award winning, critically acclaimed, a mainstay on the modern folk tour and festival circuit, and an indie darling among radio programmers. In addition, she’s amassed a fanbase highly attuned to her vibrant artistic continuum.


To the outside, Lindsay Mac’s career has appeared to be about shattering expectations (the cello as a folk rock instrument?!), but, in actuality, she just follows her inner creative directive. Interestingly, with Animal Again, she may be her boldest and most accessible yet.  The EP is pure blissful synth-pop with very little cello. “Even though the cello is virtually absent here, it ironically feels closer to the symphonies I grew up playing in than anything else I’ve done. It has that swirling and lushness that really brings me back,” she explains.


Seeds of the album date back to when Mac was in physical therapy, rehabilitating from a back injury. She found herself motivated and inspired by the pop music playing over the gym’s stereo. “I wanted my own music to be a physical experience again – to emulate that feeling where it just seeps into your body and you feel it in your chest.” Unable to play the cello comfortably, Mac built a stand-up computer workstation and found herself composing on the Garage Band software platform, warming up to its band-in-a-box capabilities. Soon, she began to craft pop beats and synth-y melodies that evoked the elegant simplicity of Ellie Goulding, Sia, Katy Perry and the songwriting smarts and production of Dr. Luke and Ryan Tedder.


The sublime 5-song EP encompasses sugar rush EDM (“Remember”, “Music Is My Lover”), stately mid-tempo pop (“Back To Right”), 80s-inspired (“Wolf”), and hauntingly atmospheric chillwave (“Animal Again”). The musical motifs throughout are little jewels that develop and intertwine like succinct classical compositions, and the beats are dance floor-ready but also melodically supportive. Previously, Mac the singer and lyricist shared the spotlight with Mac the cellist, but here her voice and uplifting lyrics command center stage. Her vocal range and dynamic nuances are a revelation, stretching from breathy and sensual to richly soulful. Because of the EP’s roots in healing, Animal Again’s lyrics are among Mac’s most uplifting and empowering. “Many of the songs are about conquering your fears, living your dreams, and rising up,” she says. “I want to make people feel joy, and feel alive.”


Mac has been working with producer J Declan since they both were students at Berklee College of Music. The two had similar roots in traditional musicality, Declan’s instrument was the banjo, but Declan moved into the EDM realm earlier. Now, with Animal Again, the two benefit from their parallel and intersecting aesthetic journeys with tracks that are musically rich but also succinctly pop.


With so much written about her unique approach to cello and her distinct modern folk aesthetic, it’s brave to step out of the shadow of the cello with the sweet electro-pop of Animal Again. “This time the songs, the voice, and the production are out front,” Mac allows before pausing. “But really, for me, it’s always just been about how the music makes me feel and recreating the colors I hear in my head.”

Lyrics

Barbies & Broncos

Written By: Lindsay Mac

I like the way the water smears fast across my windshield and the trees flicker by me in the night
I am moving through this world in some ways fast, in some ways slow. I've already been where I was and where I'm going I don't know
But there's always someone there to tell you who you are and who to become. Well there's nothing better than knowing where you stand with you, yourself, the only one.

So here I am. Between the barbies & the broncos.
Here I am. Did you miss me in the shadows?
Here I am. Between sugar sweet and bitter blue. I'm nothing if not true. Here I am.

"Photos are in. Our polls say they like you in the sweater." I say, "hey, thanks but I like going naked much better."
They said, "leave this to us, girl, for this is what we do. You've never done this before, do you wanna look like a fool?"
But I run out on the stage, wearing nothing but my smile. They shake their heads behind me - I am laughing all the while.
The audience, they get me: not a hiss or a boo. We sing the night together cause they're all naked too.

Here I am. Between the barbies & the broncos.
Here I am. Did you miss me in the shadows?
Here I am. Between sugar sweet and bitter blue. I'm nothing if not true. Here I am.

Cry, Cry, Cry

Written By: Lindsay Mac

The snow is finally melting off the drive and running down the roofs drip by drip

The sun is finally shinning and the trees are unwinding from a long, cold winter's grip

They say the sky is blue
They say all sorts of things
Like someone up there knows
'Bout all our hopes and dreams

But I cry, cry, cry just to make myself feel better
I cry, cry, cry at the end of the day
I cry, cry, cry in hopes that someone hears me when I cry...

Now I'm making my way to the grocery store
I'm working on my domestic charm
And I'm wishing it was you sneaking peaks down aisle two
and we were hanging on a Sunday afternoon

(pre-chorus)

(chorus)

Now it's looking like there's not much left to say
It seems that it's all been done before
But there's nothing like a song that makes you sing, sing, sing along
And so I'll sing until my lips can move no more

(chorus)

7 Stones

Written By: Lindsay Mac

There's a lighthouse on the shore
every year it crumbles more
piece by piece falling far.
But at his feet way down below
a girl put 7 little stones
to protect him from the storm

and the waves came...

I could be the one to help you stand in a world made a shifting sand
I could be the one to hold you down when the wind is rushing all around
I could be the one to watch you fly to the place where ocean meets the sky
I could be the one that you call home
I could be your 7 little stones

Now the gales they came and went
as the girl did too and then
the biggest storm of all
She often thought about her friend
who would have battled it 'till the end
and those 7 little stones

when the waves came...

I could be the one to help you stand in a world made a shifting sand
I could be the one to hold you down when the wind is rushing all around
I could be the one to watch you fly to the place where ocean meets the sky
I could be the one that you call home
I could be your 7 little stones

The girl, having fallen on hard times
came back to see the ocean side
life had worn away her smile
As if conceived of in a dream,
the land had fallen away indeed
but in an extraordinary way
There, atop an island in the tide,
was the lighthouse standing high
and those 7 little stones

and the waves came...and she smiled

You could be the one to help me stand in a world made of shifting sand
You could be the one to hold me down when the wind is rushing all around
You could be the one to watch me fly to the place where ocean meets the sky
Could you be the one that I call home?
Could you be my 7 little stones?

Discography

Animal Again (coming Fall 2014) - EP

Stop Thinking (2008) - LP

Small Revolution (2007) - LP


Airplay on 100-plus AAA and NPR-affiliate stations.

Set List

Length to be negotiated with buyer