Lindsay Mac

Lindsay Mac

 
 Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
BandEDMIndie

Indie pop, synthpop.

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 4-song EP encompasses sugar rush EDM (“Remember”), 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

Animal Again

Written By: Lindsay Mac

We go down to the water's edge
and go in 'till it fills our chests

What I feel is beautiful, mysterious
What I see is magical, it's delirious to be without you

We let the sand build up our fins
Pull our breath right through our skin
There we will be floating beneath
alone in the deep dark blue
Feeling the day refract through the waves animal again

I tell you what I feel is beautiful, mysterious
What I see is magical and it's curious
What I feel is beautiful, mysterious
What I see is magical and it's delirious
To be with out you

animal I'm animal again

what I feel is beautiful, mysterious
What I see is magical and it's curious
What I feel is beautiful, mysterious
What I see is magical and it's delirious
To be with out you

Remember

Written By: Lindsay Mac

I remember when we left that bar
I remember how we said goodnight
I can see us stumble to the street
and you curse yourself for having that last drink

You there wondering how we ever got started
you there thinking I'm so hard to know
well, I know that you wouldn't be here if I wasn't
and I like it that way

Do you remember the night?
Do you remember that light?
Do you remember the night?
oh, oh?
And the rush that we had
from the moment we touched
sparks flying everywhere
Do you remember the night, oh?

I recall when they cried disgrace
I can see them now as they turned away
like an island floating through an angry ocean
we held tight to our vision of the sun

You there wondering how we ever got started
you there thinking I'm so hard to know
well, I know that you wouldn't be here if I wasn't
and I like it that way

Do you remember the night?
Do you remember that light?
Do you remember the night?
oh, oh?
And the rush that we had
from the moment we touched
sparks flying everywhere
Do you remember the night, oh?

Do you remember me, cause I remember you

Do you remember the night?
Do you remember that light?
Do you remember the night?
oh, oh?
From that moment, from that moment
you made me a poet
and the rush everywhere
and the sparks through the air

Do you remember me, cause I remember you

Discography

Animal Again EP (2015)

Stop Thinking (2008)

Small Revolution (2007)

Set List

Length to be negotiated with buyer