Mac DeMarco on Austin City Limits ©️KLRU photo by Scott Newton

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Mac DeMarco makes his Austin City Limits debut performing songs from throughout his career, including his newest release This Old Dog, which Entertainment Weekly says contains “the best romantic tunes the well-known romantic has ever penned.” DeMarco created 2017’s This Old Dog, his third album and first full-length since 2014’s Salad Days, during a time of transition in both location (he moved from Queens to Los Angeles), and method. Arriving in California with demos he’d written in New York, he realized after a few months of setting up his new shop that the gap was giving him perspective. “I demoed a full album, and as I was moving to the West Coast I thought I’d get to finishing it quickly,” DeMarco says. “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.” DeMarco wrote demos for This Old Dog on an acoustic guitar, an eye- opening method for 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.”

This Old Dog is rooted more in a synth-base than any of his previous releases, but he is careful not to let that tactic overshadow the other instruments and overall “unplugged” mood of the work. “This is my acoustic album, but it’s not really an acoustic album at all. That’s just what it feels like, mostly. I’m Italian, so I guess this is an Italian rock record.”

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