Written by James Crossan
Mac DeMarco (A.K.A. 26-year-old MacBriare Samuel Lanyon DeMarco) will release his hotly anticipated third album on May 5th 2017. The album will be his first full length release since 2014’s Salad Days. DeMarco has already shared two of the lead singles – My Old Man and This Old Dog, and right off the bat they show a new sonic direction and a glimpse into the very personal nature of this record.
It was a little space in time, location, and method that inspired DeMarco while making This Old Dog. Arriving in California with a group of demos he’d written in New York, he realized after a few months of setting up his new shop that the gap was giving him perspective. DeMarco says, “I demoed a full album, and as I was moving to the West Coast I thought I’d get to finishing it quickly. But then I realized that moving to a new city and starting a new life takes time. Usually I just write, record, and put it out; no problem. But this time, I wrote them and they sat. When that happens, you get to know the songs. It was a different vibe.”
DeMarco wrote some demos for This Old Dog on an acoustic guitar, an eye-opening method for him. “Much of this album is acoustic guitar, synthesizer, some drum machine and one song is electric guitar. So this is a new thing for me.”
And right from the offset, from the pops and clicks of the CR-78 and the acoustic strums on the album opening My Old Man, and the synth-drenched beauty of the second track, This Old Dog, it’s clear that DeMarco’s bag is filled with new tricks indeed. This Old Dog is rooted more in a synth-base than any of his previous releases, but he is careful not to let that tactic overshadow the other instruments and overall ‘unplugged’ mood of the work. “This is my acoustic album, but it’s not really an acoustic album at all. That’s just what it feels like, mostly. I’m Italian, so I guess this is an Italian rock record.”
The rest of the album follows on from the first two taster tracks. For the First Time, Dreams from Yesterday and One the Level match This Old Dog in synth heaven, with a huge Tame Impala feel deeply rooted in the tracks. There’s variety too, with acoustic tracks One Another and Still Beating backing up DeMarco’s claims that this is his “acoustic album”. But DeMarco hasn’t completely left his old work behind, with Baby You’re Out and A Wolf Who Wears Sheep’s Clothes reminding us of Salad Days.
It’s clear that DeMarco’s music is personal to him, so much so that his mum Agnes runs his fan club! But his latest album is a nostalgic journey through his life in music form – and the end result is exquisite.
Mac DeMarco’s This Old Dog is available for pre-order now. All iTunes pre-orders come with instrumentals of This Old Dog and instant downloads of lead singles, My Old Man, and This Old Dog. Pre-order the album physically here and digitally here.
Check out This Old Dog here:
Credit: Captured Tracks