"This Old Dog" Review
Mac Demarco has been known as indie rock’s token carefree, chain-smoking slacker since he released his debut EP, Rock and Roll Night Club in early 2012. It’s only obvious that Mac has grown significantly since the release of the EP to the 2015 release of Another One. Turning twenty-seven this year, Demarco remains just as wild and goofy on stage but exhibits a new sort of maturity with his most recent song, “This Old Dog”.
Demarco is not only characterized by his cuffed jeans and vintage dad hats, but more importantly by his jangly lo-fi guitar, and organic songwriting. “This Old Dog” doesn’t disappoint, and showcases the same Mac that fans have become so accustomed to. Demarco harkens back to his roots by choosing album art that is derivative of his previous band, Makeout Videotape, with Alex Calder.
Released along with another song, Demarco gives fans a taste of what his new LP might sound like. “This Old Dog” features synth, acoustic guitar, and Demarco’s routinely smooth vocals that could send listeners into a trance. Running at a mere two minutes and thirty-one seconds, the single leaves fans begging for more. He will release a full length album under the same name on May 5.
Mac’s songs usually contain schmaltzy, easy-going lyrics, whether they’re about his long time girlfriend Kiera, or something as simple as a pack of cigarettes. “This Old Dog” nods to the song, “Boe Zaah”, that Demarco put out with his second album, 2. The single is reminiscent of what makes Demarco so captivating, yet exhibits a more refined and mature sound.
“This Old Dog” is only a glimpse at what is in store for Mac Demarco, so light up a Viceroy watch as he further immerses himself into the world of modern music, one pop song at a time.