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Canadian lo-fi rocker Mac DeMarco has announced a new album This Old Dog—his first full length since 2014’s Salad Days. Along with the announcement, DeMarco also shared the album’s first two tracks, “This Old Dog” and “My Old Man.”
The two new tracks open the album and set the “blue wave” musical tone the singer-songwriter is known for, but they also hint at a more synthesized sound we haven’t previously heard from him.
“The majority of this album is acoustic guitar, synthesizer, some drum machine, and one song is electric guitar. So this is a new thing for me,” said DeMarco in a press release.
In the press release, Demarco also explained his change in the songwriting process for This Old Dog, which he finished after moving from Queens to Los Angeles. “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. But this time, I wrote them and they sat. When that happens, you really get to know the songs. It was a different vibe.”
In support of his new album, DeMarco will be touring across Canada and the United States this spring, including sets at music festivals such as Coachella and Boston Calling. Check out the full list of dates here.
This Old Dog is the follow up to DeMarco’s 2015 LP/mini album Another One, which peaked at No. 1 on multiple Billboard charts including Top Folk Albums, Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums. The album is set to drop on May 5, but is available for pre-order now through Captured Tracks.