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Mac DeMarco : 2

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2012 has been a bumper year for many fans with a number of high-profile artists releasing two new records within the space of a few months. Swiftly following up his April debut Rock And Roll Night Club, 22 year old Mac DeMarco is back with what is confusingly being touted as his first full-length album (the 12-track RARNC has apparently been relegated to EP status) 2 and whilst both the sleeve photo – flannel shirt, baseball cap, goofy smile – and some of the lyrics (mom cooking in the kitchen, little bro out on his skateboard, Mac apologising to his parents for past bad behaviour) present him as a more grown-up, down-home fella than the lipstick-smeared, sleazy Elvis impersonator we met previously, you get the feeling the singer is still the kind of guy who’ll misread his own reviews and chuckle at the word “maturation”. With less emphasis on overtly sexual glam-rock, 2 (out now via Captured Tracks) does feel like a step in a different, more “slacker-pop” direction but thankfully the unique sound – slurred, wobbly “jizz jazz” – that enveloped RARNC is still very much in effect and, if the likes of “Freaking Out The Neighborhood” (below) are anything to go by, it would seem as though DeMarco is rapidly developing into an understated but instantly recognisable guitar hero.

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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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