That jizz-jazz sounds like nothin’ else. Delicate, intensely enjoyable guitar twangs; mature, eloquent lyricism; soulful vocals that are also uniquely and pleasurably ‘jangly’: each is a vital ingredient in Canadian maestro Mac DeMarco’s slacker rock genius. Having found a staggering fan-following and substantial critical acclaim with the help of his first four studio albums – Rock and Roll Night Club (2012), 2 (2012), Salad Days (2014), and Another One (2015) – the artist formerly known as Vernor Smith IV is set to continue his magnificent creative streak with his hugely-awaited new album. It’s entitled This Old Dog, and is due for release on May 5th. Yeah, oath.
And if that wasn’t phenomenal enough, the first music video of the album has just been released – a hypnotically odd artistic accompaniment to one of two new singles released early called ‘This Old Dog’, with the other named ‘My Old Man’. ‘This Old Dog’ is classic Mac, exemplifying his signature style of deftly combining the melancholic and the joyful. It is yet another excellent meditation of his on the bittersweet tug of nostalgia, and according to Mac the clip is about “a devoted dog discovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love.” And guys in strangely creepy rubber dog masks popping all over sun-drenched LA.
It is a short and lovely song about the changes life forces upon you, and, along with its delightfully surreal video clip, will surely be welcomed by the man’s rabid fanbase with open arms; I know I have. Watch the video below.