Canadian-born singer songwriter Mac DeMarco has announced his new album ‘This Old Dog’ coming out on the 5th May, succeeding mini-LP ‘Another One’ in 2015. And what better way to do so than releasing two new songs in a week?
DeMarco has gone in a significantly new direction with this album comparatively to all of his previous releases, however he still holds the same charming and subtly uplifting sound he’s always withheld. ‘My Old Man’ is the opening track to the new album; he reflects on maturity, getting older and what comes with it, noting the line ‘There’s a price tag hanging off of half of all that fun’. It begins with soft synthesiser beats that carry on throughout, paired with a cleaner acoustic resonance to his signature warped guitar riffs he’s known best for. The song, to me, does give the impression that it’s going to build up to something over the course of the song, but holds the same beat and riff throughout. But it’s still no disappointment, and I believe it’s a perfect opening track to a Mac DeMarco album. It gives off a very positive, hopeful feeling which is absolutely how I feel about what the rest of the album has to offer.
The title track holds the same clean acoustic sound with a soft touch of synthesiser cradling the chorus, so it’s safe to say the rest of the album will have a lot more of this from start to finish. The song follows on from ‘My Old Man’ on the track listing for the album, referring to himself as ‘This Old Dog’, reflecting on how he considers himself to have gained the status of a bit of a grandad over recent years – this song undeniably has more of a signature Mac DeMarco feel to it. The shift between his previous releases and the change that this album is inevitably going to possess is still going to be daunting for any big DeMarco fans, but I have high hopes for what’s to come on May 5th, and I believe the development will be a positive one.