Six months after 22-year old Mac DeMarco released his debut Rock and Roll Night Club 12”, he is back again with his first proper full length, Mac DeMarco 2.
Demarco’s music has a very nostalgic feel to it. The songs feel almost like they have been around forever. With that said, it is very important to note that while the songs feel familiar – they do not feel outdated one bit. They are quite refreshing compared to the current trends in music that tend to be electronic based.
2, really showcases Demarco’s growth as a songwriter, singer and producer. The results are immediately rewarding, “Cooking Up Something Good” opens the album with a lovely distorted riff intro. “My Kind of Woman” is your basic love song, “Ode to Viceroy” is weirdly a song about smoking cigarettes which Demarco somehow makes interesting and relatable. “Freaking out the Neighbourhood,” is Mac’s apologetic ode to his loved ones about his public antics. “Annie” probably my favourite track off of 2, is one funky love song that really brings out nostalgia in you.
Overall the entire album is incredibly raw, from the scratching on the guitar strings to the cracks in his voice. 2 specifically works because it instantly captures you with its familiar feeling and sound. It’s almost sort of like rediscovering one of your favourite albums from your youth. It’s easy listening for the daily rat race we call life.