DeMarco is best known for his nostalgic, but present-tense ability to raise memories through a single instrumental and vocal production. As he begins to slowly add in and fade other elements into the mix, he illustrates a passion for beauty and creation under one roof. “This Old Dog” almost invokes tears at every step with a reflection on progression through layers of sound. DeMarco describes, “This old dog ain’t about to forget, all we’ve had and all that’s next. Long as my heart’s beating in my chest, this old dog ain’t about to forget.” He uses these strings that sculpt warmth to the track as a humble DeMarco pours this somber, but still loving display out.
In other instances, This Old Dog ditches a more melancholy style for the upbeat performances of “Still Beating” where a broken-hearted story can lead to one of the more uplifting uses of an electric guitar on the record. As the waves of notes cascade in DeMarco’s performance, his sound becomes synonymous with a spaced-out boost of eclectic work. He describes, “Honey I cried too, you better believe it. Honey my heart still beats for you, even though you don’t feel it,” through this loose wall of sound. It appears under a microscope that This Old Dog switches styles in a versatile sense and is able to construct sensibility.
As the curtain begins to close, DeMarco decides to end through isolation, with just his vocals and a single instrumental just as it had begun. Incredibly simple, but capturing and effective as he fades into the background, showing that This Old Dog can perform a new trick, just this one time.