The king of Jizz Jazz himself, Mac DeMarco, stumbled back onto everyone’s radar late January, debuting two new singles off his new album This Old Dog, set to release on May 5th.
Following up his 2015 mini-LP, Another One, DeMarco finished up this album after transitioning to Los Angeles from his house by the water in Queens, New York.
“I demoed a full album, and as I was moving to the West Coast I thought I’d get to finishing it quickly, but then I realized that moving to a new city, and starting a new life takes time. Usually I just write, record, and put it out; no problem.” DeMarco says, “But this time, I wrote them and they sat. When that happens, you really get to know the songs. It was a different vibe.”
The two singles, “My Old Man” and the title track, “This Old Dog,” seamlessly showcase the different route DeMarco is taking on this album, while still sticking to his loosely planted roots. They are the opening songs of the album, and give listeners a look at what is set to be an extraordinarily personal album.
“My Old Man” is the strongest indicator that this record will be focued on some personal themes that DeMarco has touched on in the past, but not quite fully established. An obviously maturing Mac regales listeners of his unexpectedly dark realization that he is unable to recognize himself anymore; instead, seeing the person in the mirror only as an “old and cold and tired and alone” shell of his former self.
The chorus of “My Old Man” touches on another self-discovery of his; that he is beginning to see himself become more and more like his father. The only other time we’ve heard Mac talk about his father, his old man, was way back on his second album, 2, in “Cooking Up Something Good” wherein he tells the tale of his father’s methamphetamine habits.
Taking from Another One, “This Old Dog” is a classic Mac love ballad. It can safely be assumed this is directed to his sweet Kiera (his longtime girlfriend), and is to so eloquently reassure her that as long as his heart is beating, he won’t soon forget everything they’ve had, and will continue to have. This track really showcases Mac’s innate ability to write easily applicable and versatile lyrics.
Hopefully Dojo Daniel can get us all through until May 5th, and hopefully he can get himself past April 30th.