Mac DeMarco – “This Old Dog” (Royal Mountain Records): Slacker rock supremo DeMarco has a third album, This Old Dog, being readied for release for May 5 and has just released two advance singles from it, “My Old Man” and “This Old Dog,” and we’re especially partial to the latter.
So is Pitchfork, which quickly named it Best New Track and called it “a shaggy ode to romantic constancy, come what may. The sentiment is a simple one, and while DeMarco is often aptly compared to Jonathan Richman, his crisply enunciated vocal here summons up vintage John Lennon.”
The Richman comparison is an apt one given the simplicity of the melody and lyrics. Crisp acoustic guitar and a few washes of synths provide a slyly ingratiating vibe, like a dog gently nuzzling your hand in search of affection.
The self-directed video is a similarly no-frills effort, filmed in his new hometown of Los Angeles.
In a label bio, DeMarco explains that “The majority of this album is performed using the acoustic guitar, synthesizer, a drum machine and an electric guitar.
"It’s not really an acoustic album at all. That’s just what it feels like, mostly. I’m Italian, so I guess this is an Italian rock record.”
DeMarco's large following mystifies some observers but continues to grow. He has sold out his Canadian shows including two at The Danforth Theatre in Toronto and at Brixton 02 in the UK.
He is also billed on a number of high-profile summer fests that included Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Governor’s Ball. A full schedule here