Life is always better with a soundtrack, and time spent hard at work in the office is no different. Therefore, coming your way every Tuesday will be album of the week; a release we can't contain our excitement for or a record we have been reluctant to take off repeat since its first play. We’ll be putting the time in to explore the world of new releases on a quest to bring you the best. While we’re at it, just because we’re feeling generous, we’ll be digging deep into our collections and giving classic albums the airplay they deserve.
Mac Demarco is living proof that nice guys don’t finish last. Since unassumingly bursting onto the scene with Rock And Roll Nightclub in 2012, the Canadian crooner has amassed a band of loyal followers that feed on his repertoire of his witty quips and delectable, reverb drenched hammer ons. Two albums later and Mac rightfully resides as the slacker king championing the cause of guitar music, effortlessly cooking up hit after hit that ooze nonchalance while lacking little in substance and introspective sincerity.
Opting to lay aside the hazy guitar twang synonymous with his previous records and divulge the world of drum machines and synths, This Old Dog marks a logical progression for Mac’s 4th full length effort, neatly bookending the similar array of sounds heard on 2015’s Another One EP. Excitable grooves may be a little more nuanced on This Old Dog, but nonetheless Mac is able to shine a bright spotlight on his intelligent musicianship and studio craft through a cultured blend of acoustic guitar and synthesisers – a talent perhaps previously overshadowed by the jovial atmosphere of previous efforts.
This Old Dog is proof Mac has learnt new tricks, and in doing so he’s come good on easily one of the most hyped albums of 2017.
You can listen to This Old Dog below via Spotify.