Mac DeMarco performed acoustic renditions of two This Old Dog songs for French web series "Take Away Shows." The indie-rock songwriter grinned and cheesed his way through the mini-set while aimlessly strolling through a park in Paris.
The clip opens with DeMarco tuning his acoustic guitar, smoking a cigarette and beckoning viewers to "join [him] in the dog park." Moments later, he explains how "Still Beating" was inspired by a Britpop classic. "I was listening to this band from the U.K. called the La's," he says. "They have that song, [1990 hit] 'There She Goes.' I wanted to write a song like that, so I tried. It doesn't sound anything like that. But now I've got my own song."
During the two-song set, featuring "Still Beating" and "This Old Dog," DeMarco wanders around the park like a goofy tour guide ("Come on, over here!") as the cameras zoom around. At two different points, he interrupts the performance to chat with locals and try some rudimentary French. The video ends with a snippet of DeMarco covering "There She Goes."
The intimate setting feels appropriate given DeMarco called This Old Dog his "acoustic album" in a statement announcing the LP. "It's not really an acoustic album at all," he added. "That's just what it feels like, mostly. I'm Italian, so I guess this is an Italian rock record."
DeMarco is currently touring behind the LP. His next show is Thursday, May 11th in Montreal.