Free of any hip genre-signifiers, 2 sees DeMarco find his home in an endless jangle, humming down the Main Street of your brain with a guitar slung over his shoulder.
He's still not entirely upfront, but he has a knack for building songs where the realness of his subject matter lies just below the surface.
What '2' makes clear, quickly, is that DeMarco is a skilful songwriter.
Compared to Rock and Roll Night Club, 2 is a more polished and refined take on his brand of minimalist rock, structured around his keen songwriting.
There is something unique about Mac DeMarco in 2012, his sound is very traditional in both form and style but there is a very refreshing quality at the heart of 2.
Every song is fascinating in that no matter how much the meaning of each track seems obvious, there will be something new to consider or understand after every listen.
He owns these songs of slackerhood completely, delivering a lean collection of 11 that concisely communicate the nature of the 20-something daydreamer – no more, no less.
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|# 29 -||NME|
|# 12 -||Obscure Sound|
|# 43 -||Pitchfork|
|# 30 -||Spinner|