Mac DeMarco | 2 (10 Year Anniversary) - 2LP
10th anniversary edition of Mac DeMarco’s 2. This Double LP includes both 2 and 2 Demos alongside an 8 page booklet with brand new liner notes written by Mac himself.
This second album is full of charming, bratty acoustic storytelling. 2 is a concerted effort to produce a cohesive work that showcases mac's natural ability as a songwriter, singer and producer. With a new arsenal of recording gear, the fidelity has substantially improved without compromising the immediacy and organic quality of his prior releases under any monicker. The results are immediately rewarding, from the warm Cooking up Something Good to the heartfelt My Kind of Woman.
Released in 2012, cleaned up the songwriter’s warped take on soft rock and brought it to a broader audience. Given DeMarco’s affinity for keeping things lo-fi — 2 was the first time he’d bothered to record demos — it’s revealing to hear these songs in their most embryonic form. The performances here are a little looser and the sound a little hazier than on the actual LP, lending an atmosphere of dreamy vulnerability, especially to ballads like “Annie” and the Lennon-esque “Sherrill.”