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

Single Review – Mac Demarco – Chamber of Reflection

This is Mac Demarco. A Canadian singer songwriter who is a best a complex character. But that is the appeal of wonder of the guy and it is this off beat nature that he applies to his performances, music and promotion. A recent ode to this was the release of the video to his single ‘Chamber of Relfection’ from his third studio album ‘Salad Days’. His second under the guise of Mac Demarco. Of the track he spoke of the freemasonry references and how it likened to being in his studio and spending his days in there, saying “It was actually therapeutic. I feel a little enlightened, a little less heavy.” In the video, the track has been set to a speed two times slower than the speed it was recorded. Played at normal speed, the track is rich and undulating synth soaking. Drenched in hovering organ sounds, a low lying bass line and distorted percussion from which the main synth melodies slide off with their warping and whirling rustic nature. It’s a track cut from the same mould of Connan Mockasin’s most recent work, but one that is delivered so well and with such individuality that it works. The rich, soaking feel of the track is only double in the slow speed version too. Both work and both fit in to the mind-set of Mac Demarco.

 

This Week’s Music Video with Beck, Lana Del Rey, Janelle Monae, Franz Ferdinand and Mac DeMarco

Beck – Heart Is a Drum

 

Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence

 

Janelle Monae – Electric Lady

 

Franz Ferdinand – Stand On The Horizon

 

Mac DeMarco – Chamber of Reflection