You favourite laid back, whimsical Canadian is back with his 3rd studio album, This Old Dog. Unlike the previous records (which are full of lush, lo-fi psych-rock production), This Old Dog is, for the most part, a more minimal expression of Mac DeMarco’s musicality, as most songs are centred around the rawness of the acoustic guitar. This minimalistic expression is reminiscent of the great songwriters, such as Neil Young (who DeMarco cites as being a major influence). The album itself is a perfect addition for your road trip and 1970’s music needs.
The 27 year old Canadian has most recently relocated from New York to Los Angeles; a move which provided the initial motivation to complete a new body of work. “I demoed a full album, and as I was moving to the West Coast I thought I’d get to finish it quick. But then I realised that moving to a new city and starting a new life takes time”. While DeMarco’s recording process is very fluid and ongoing, This Old Dog came about it a slightly different manner.“It was weird, because usually I just write, record, and put it out; no problem. But this time, I wrote them and they sat. When that happens, you really get to know the songs. It was a different vibe.”
It’s worth mentioning that Mac DeMarco played all the instruments on This Old Dog, which is an appropriate catalyst for the raw and close nature of the album. The signature sonic fingerprint of Mac DeMarco is still as strong as its ever been; with the quintessential warped guitar sounds, flat drum sounds and psychedelic production forming the basis for tracks like ‘This Old Dog’, ‘Still Beating’ and ‘One More Love Song’; whereas new elements appear songs like ‘Baby You’re Out’, which is interlaced with hints of soul and Motown influences and instrumentation.
The record provides a lyrical commentary on the relationship of feeling happy and feeling sad because if you don’t have one you don’t have the other. There is also an air of carelessness on the album. In a recent interview with Billboard, DeMarco explains that the song ‘Dreams From Yesterday’ is “not about my career or opportunities or anything like that…It’s more about the general vibe of being alive. It’s about complacency, slowing down, growing older… becoming bored with things.”
DeMarco is paving his own unique path, both in terms of songwriting and in production. This path has attracted a large following, as DeMarco‘s humorous nature shines through his music, which makes his music as attractive as ever before. You can purchase This Old Dog here.