It's not just the album titles and imagery that have Mitski fans calling it a ripoff; DeMarco's lead single is called "Nobody," which was also the name of a single from Mitski's 2018 album.
According to DeMarco's rep [via Pitchfork], DeMarco never listened to Mitski's record and only learned of the similarities after confirming his own release.
Mitski seems to be taking it all in stride, tweeting: "I'm 100% sure Mac & I just went fishing in the same part of the collective unconscious!"
She went on to reveal her theory that their shared publicist kept quiet about the similar album and single titles because she was just trying to mutually benefit both artists.
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
Anyway thanks for the laugh, Mac! Happy release!— mitski (@mitskileaks) March 5, 2019
my god, why is everyone mad? i'm laughing!— mitski (@mitskileaks) March 5, 2019
That hasn't stopped her fans from defending her honour on Twitter, though. See some of their reactions below.
I'm not mad pic.twitter.com/iHiYqz5e2p— aarón (@organicsinner) March 5, 2019
lol mac demarco's new album is called "here comes the cowboy" but mitski already came and she IS the cowboy— james cassar (@getcerebral) March 5, 2019
mitski: this is a concept unreachable to me in the sense that i'm an asian woman and it symbolises what american society views as being admirable, primarily using white men in classic westerns as a metaphor to something i cannot be seen as— indiana jones (@indiasey) March 5, 2019
mac demarco: i call my friends cowboy
mac demarco: "hey can i copy your homework?"— aziza (@xshuck) March 5, 2019
mitski: "ya sure just don't make it too obvious" pic.twitter.com/Pg7GdI1LNp
i won't rest until mitski bests mac demarco in an old west duel outside the old saloon at noon on the dot https://t.co/4VfLbXoXPc— georgia 🛰 (@gothgeorgia) March 5, 2019
mac demarco ripping off mitski and then saying he doesn't even listen to her music is the most Classic Man thing i've literally ever heard— bethani (@cyberbthni) March 5, 2019
Mitski's Be the Cowboy and Mac DeMarco's Here Comes The Cowboy pic.twitter.com/o0NEssrkw9— Leor Galil (@imLeor) March 5, 2019
when a man says your point, louder, in a meeting two minutes later https://t.co/AcbDa09XiM— Stacey Anderson (@staceykanderson) March 5, 2019
We all know the O.G. that Mac and Mitski both borrowed from. https://t.co/Zm1iQYJe2a— Steven Hyden (@Steven_Hyden) March 5, 2019