MAC DEMARCO has returned with new LP, THIS OLD DOG. Pre-album singles This Old Dog, My Old Man and On My Level showed the Canadian slacker’s versatility and accumulated the various sounds DeMarco has dabbled in over the past five years.
His latest LP, though, offers so much more than acoustic, plucky ballads with hair waving choruses. Doused in synths and jazz riddled arrangements; This Old Dog could easily have been birthed from the likes of Chamber of Reflection, but that is not necessarily a bad thing, obviously.
There are still the cigarette-puffing, sunshine blazing, let’s crack a can open feel-good tunes such as One Another. Injecting the signature Mac sound into This Old Dog, we are greeted with a familiar sound and one that has been timeless since DeMarco burst onto the scene years ago.
The full length explores the wacky and wonderful melodies by Mac and his band – take the midi-infused Dreams From Yesterday: the vocals are as recognisable as ever, but there is a new layer of sound which deepens his discography. It is catchy, as is A Wolf Who Wears Sheeps Clothes and the whole of This Old Dog has different elements that could be the beginning of the end of the Mac DeMarco we know.
Criticising This Old Dog would be harsh, but there are parts of the record, for example having no stand out singles or instant classics, that could be frowned at. On The Level is as close to the likes of Ode to Viceroy and My Kind of Woman in terms of iconic DeMarco hits. With piercing riffs and ghostly vocals, it is sure to be regarded as a classic sooner rather than later.
This is certainly an album for fans to absorb and listen to thoroughly before discarding. A new chapter for Mac DeMarco, but one that could take him from the cool dude next door to one of the most important musicians of a generation.
THIS OLD DOG IS RELEASED ON MAY 5