Compared to the two records before it, the new album is less cluttered, never using two words when one will do, and generally going easy on the woozy guitar effects. For a guy who seems to live life off the cuff and in the moment, his music feels more timeless.
This approach brings to mind singer-songwriters of an earlier era, particularly iconoclasts like Harry Nilsson , Randy Newman , and JJ Cale. If 2 brought to mind a dank basement, the best songs here throw open the windows and let in the sunshine. On a casual listen, DeMarco seems to kick back and let everything fall into place, but his music demonstrates a relentless devotion to craft, with all the fundamentals intact.
The funniest thing about being alive in general is that you have this idea that, oh, when I get a little bit older, I'm going to understand things better. And I'm going to be more comfortable in maybe some ways. But for me, I just keep getting more confused and more weirded out. And, you know, it's, like, this is a very strange thing that we're all doing together, you know?
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