He is Indie Rock’s lovable rogue, who plays by his own rules. He has gained legions of fans with his schoolboy antics and his incredible knack for writing laidback, addictive pop songs. Now it’s time for Mac to grow up. Time waits for no man, not even Mac DeMarco.
His third album ‘This Old Dog’, revolves around the idea of growing older – whether you like it or not. The opening track ‘My Old Man’, is a song dedicated to a fear that every man gets at some point in their life – turning into their father. Rather than dwelling on the inevitable, he soaks his lyrics in humour and romanticism to create a beautiful ode to adulthood – “Walk on the outside, holding her hand. Someone familiar, her and her man”.
Tracks like ‘My Old Man’, ‘This Old Dog’ and ‘One More Love Song’ showcase DeMarco’s love of crafting down-tempo love songs. Avid fans do not despair, the Mac of days gone by is still hiding beneath the melancholy. The twinkling, Spongebob-esque guitar riffs that made his second album ‘Salad Days’ a cult classic, still make an appearance on soon-to-be summer anthems ‘Baby You’re Out’ and ‘A Wolf Who Wears Sheeps Clothes’.
It is during This Old Dog’s more thoughtful moments when his song writing really starts to shine. The dreamlike ‘On A Level’ is a trip you never want to end, whilst ‘One More Love Song’ will be the soundtrack to teenagers kissing in the back of their parent’s cars for years to come. (That’s what Americans/Canadians do right?).
Some of the tracks might be simple, but aren’t all great pop songs? You could give any musician in the world a few chords and get them to write a song, but it takes a genius to create a great one, and that’s the difference. His music might be maturing, but scratch beneath the surface and Mac DeMarco is still the adorable young scamp we fell in love with.
‘This Old Dog’ is available now via Captured Tracks.