:: First highlight in music of 2015 comes very early. Excellent album, take a listen!
Still more than two weeks to go till Canadian singer/songwriter Dan Mangan releases his fourth studio album Club Meds under the moniker Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, but as of yesterday, you can already take a listen to the whole thing in an exclusive stream. Club Meds is the follow-up to Mangan’s critically acclaimed and Juno award-winning 2011 LP Oh Fortune. Blacksmith is Kenton Loewen [drums], Gordon Grdina [guitar], John Walsh [bass] and often JP Carter [trumpet|, Jesse Zubot [violin] and Tyson Naylor [keys]. Mangan continues his musical career together with these longstanding members of his ensemble, all from his hometown Vancouver’s experimental music scene.
Club Meds drops in the UK/Europe on January 12, 2015 via City Slang. North America sees release of the album on January 13 via Arts & Crafts, Australia and New Zealand on January 16. The LP will be available as digital download, CD and 12″ vinyl LP. You can pre-order the album digitally from iTunes and both digitally and physically from Arts & Crafts.
The album is now streaming in its entirety for a limited time over at Arts & Crafts. You’ll unlock the stream by a tweet or share. Club Meds is produced by Colin Stewart (Ladyhawk, Black Mountain) and Dan Mangan. The set of eleven tracks features excellent single Vessel and the previously shared album tracks Mouthpiece and Kitsch.
In the record’s liner notes, Mangan writes on Club Meds: “Sedation is massive. It surrounds us like a thick wet blanket. To be numb is to allow others to control your reality. It makes some people feel better, to know that you suffer also, that their numbness is shared like a virus. But unity in numbness is a façade, and not nearly as magical as a unity born of awakeness. Club Meds is about sedation. Sedation can be chemical, but not exclusively so. There is a great vacation from actuality going on. Maybe it’s always been there. It seems like everybody else is already at the party and that life is somehow easier or more fun under the fog. But instead, it only makes people feel more alone, more dangerous, more desperate. It’s okay, though. We’re all just particles.”
Dan Mangan + Blacksmith are touring Canada in February/March 2015 and Europe all April. Check out the upcoming dates below and watch the official video for Vessel. The clip is directed, animated and illustrated by Ben Clarkson. Mouthpiece is streaming above.
04. A Doll’s House / Pavlovia
07. War Spoils
09. Club Meds
10. Pretty Good Joke
11. New Skies
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Mon 05 Jan 2015 // Bellingham, WA, USA // The Roost
Fri 30 Jan 2015 // Whitehorse, YT, Canada // Yukon Arts Centre
Wed 18 Feb 2014 // Halifax, NS, Canada // Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Thu 19 Feb 2014 // Fredericton, NB, Canada // The Fredericton Playhouse
Fri 20 Feb 2014 // Quebec City, QC, Canada // Imperial Theatre
Sat 21 Feb 2014 // Montreal, QC, Canada // Theatre Corona
Tue 24 Feb 2014 // Kingston, ON, Canada // The Grand Theatre
>> The full touring schedule is available here.
More ‘Dan Mangan’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Dec 04 − New: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Kitsch (2014/12/01)
2014, Sep 18 − New Single: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Vessel / Wants (2014/09/09)
2012, Nov 01 − We Wanted To Be Pleasantly Surprised Not Expectedly Let Down / New EP ‘Radicals’ (2012/10/16)
2012, Jan 05 − BTR Live Studio #78
2011, Dec 20 − Dan Mangan – Oh Fortune [Live in Studio Q]
2011, Dec 05 − Leaves, Trees, Forest / Album “Oh Fortune”
2011, Nov 20− Post-War Blues