Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog Review 

In his latest studio album, Mac Demarco brings a more relaxed approach than 2014s ‘Salad Days,’ something which I didn’t even think was possible. The album follows the trend of laid-back music, with deep, meaningful lyricism. However, where in the past Demarco went all out on production, this one is very simple with production, giving more power to the lyrics themselves. The album maintains similar traits to his previous work, but employs them differently, allowing for an entirely different experience overall.

​The opening song, ‘My Old Man,’ is a brilliant example of this lyricism. The song itself is one that is very simple musically, including nothing more than an acoustic guitar and a gentle drum beat in the background. The vocals on this particular track contain a degree of passion and reflection to them, making my genuinely think about the meaning behind them. The repeated line “looks like I’m seeing more of my old man in me” leaves genuine pause for thought, and Demarco utilises his voice perfectly here. Similarly, ‘This Old Dog’ is another simplistic, yet powerful track. The lyrics in this sense provide a commentary on human emotion, and is yet more proof that Demarco’s “less is more” approach is effective and meaningful.

​’Still Beating’ provides more in terms of production, and if you have listened to ‘Salad Days,’ will definitely feel more familiar. However, whilst maintaining the high production, it feels somewhat different due to the more cynical application in Demarco’s vocals. ‘On The Level’ also utilises high production and has a tune that stays with you even after the song s finished. There is a distinct uniqueness to the song itself, with it being a clear stand out on the album. The production is matched with simplistic lyrics and vocals that come together to make a good solid piece of music.

​’This Old Dog’ is a good, strong outing by Mac Demarco. Whilst sill keeping familiarities with his previous works, Demarco has made something that seems unique due to its effectiveness. Whilst creative, the album does sometimes lack in variety when it comes to the music itself. However, if you were to sit back, relax and take a listen to the powerful lyrics on each track, you would certainly have a thoughtful and meaningful experience.  

Mac Demarco – This Old Dog = 8/10

Matthew T. Johnston

Single Review – Mac DeMarco – I’ve Been Waiting For Her

A consummate professional in the field of madness and being laid back, Mac DeMarco releases another track from his upcoming mini-LP Another One which is out on August 7th. The new track is ‘I’ve Been Waiting For Her’ and continues in a similar direction to his other singles with sprung riffs and a rotating rhythm with Mac’s zany and off-centre vocals and backing vocals gently nudging themselves to the forefront of the song. It’s a song to undoubtedly appeal to anyone who enjoyed Salad Days and there isn’t much scope beyond that, which is perhaps why it is being understated as a ‘mini’ LP. Either way you can still enjoy the quirks and little eccentricities of Mac DeMarco with this track.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

Single Review – Mac DeMarco – Another One

The enigmatic Mac DeMarco recently released another track off his upcoming mini-LP Another One that’s expected on August 7th. It was the turn of the title track this time and it’s very much in a similar vain of the previous single and not too far from the his Salad Days album. It’s warped, drenched synths, nudging organs and feathered percussion all deliver that hazy and laid back feel synonymous with the Canadian. His earthy yet wistful vocals echo back into the instrumentation to only add to the hazy feel and it will be a perfect track for lazy summer days and seems happily familiar territory for Mac DeMarco.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

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.