You could argue that Mac DeMarco has made a career for himself through the intimacy he’s developed with his fans more than any other factor. It’s easy to think you know Mac DeMarco. His live sets are littered with inside jokes, he’s liable to play a jangly AC/DC cover at any moment, and he looks like he just climbed out of sleeping bag in a cave. He’s charming, in a goofy, off-kilter, gap-toothed kind of way. He is, by his own admission, a regular guy who likes to sing about regular stuff.
With This Old Dog, DeMarco invites the listener back into the fold with gusto, and the material connects like a punch to the gut.