Single Reviews – Mac DeMarco – My Old Man, This Old Dog

The Canadian born singer songwriter Mac DeMarco with his almost trademark jangle pop sound has been a easy listen for many, especially with his first two albums and latest EP. He suggested different methods with ‘Chamber of Reflection’ for example, but not a change is tone for he endeavoured to maintain his lax and chilled out sound. With his third studio album as Mac DeMarco, he is looking to go for a similar shift. With This Old Dog out on May 5th, Mac talked of using a purer acoustic sound but with synth and drum machine additions. This is certainly a shift that could prove interesting and yield results, but many factors could trip up even the most established of acts. 

Of the two singles he released this week, the title track is true to the purest sense of an acoustic style and though not identical to his jangling style, there isn’t a huge divergence between the two sounds. It still recounts his strengths of loose delivery and intimate vocals, but other than a light warping guitar in the background, there isn’t a huge amount to delve into here. ‘My Old Man’ is more representative of what he was suggesting with soft electronic beats woven throughout the song with an oscillating acoustic riff. It is all a subtle shift and this is perhaps dictated by his unchanged tone which perhaps stifles any major difference. Having said that he has enhanced the peculiar nature of these tracks and this includes the lyrics that operate between the eccentric and personally familiar. It’ll take a full album to place his changes accurately as there’s no definitive answer here.

Owen Riddle

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