There’s something about Mac Demarco‘s songwriting that gives you the feeling he’ll be around for a long time to come. A lot of that, I suppose, has to do with the fact that some of these songs already feel like they’ve been around forever. Not a bad introduction for a cat who turned 22 earlier this year. The songs that make up Demarco’s first full-length, 2, are hazy and nostalgic, the kind of lazy, loping jams that seem to simulate the passage of time. All of his jangly, fluid guitar playing and dry, deadpan vocals set up an atmosphere that feels entirely casual, and yet, these are songs that feel personal and home-cooked, maintaining just the right level of weirdness and emotional resonance even as they aim to please. “Annie” is all jangle-groove, like vintage JJ Cale or Lou Reed on a particularly funky day, a love song that reads like the musical equivalent of an overexposed piece of 35mm film–grainy, sun-baked, mysterious and rough around the edges–and somehow completely familiar. “Annie”, as good as it is though, is just one of a handful of gems from 2. Check out the album here, and the brand new visuals for the nicotine anthem “Ode to Viceroy” below.
Download: Mac Demarco – “Annie”