Juno-win­ning Man­gan’s big move

Village Post - - Currents - By Ron John­son

“You have to go there to come back,” says Man­gan, of said ex­is­ten­tial cri­sis, while he ea­gerly an­tic­i­pates his first big Cana­dian tour in four years.

“If I had never made Club Meds [Dan Man­gan + Black­smith], I feel like I wouldn’t have sort of worked through that. I was re­ally com­pelled to make that mu­sic.”

Things have cer­tainly changed, and that is re­flected on the al­bum in many ways. He’s a dad. He’s done his “dif­fi­cult” record, Club Meds, a labour of love that was some­what lost on his le­gion of fans. And he hasn’t re­ally toured much in four years, opt­ing in­stead to em­brace the do­mes­tic life with his two new chil­dren.

“I used to just tour all year, and I can’t re­ally do that any­more,” ex­plains the Van­cou­ver na­tive.

“And I’ve had to come to the re­al­iza­tion that I’m no longer part of the new gen­er­a­tion. All of a sud­den it’s like 10 p.m., and some­one makes a noise out­side your house, and it’s, like, ‘God what are they do­ing? They’re go­ing to wake up the kids.’ And then you re­al­ize, ‘Oh God, things have changed.’”

But change can be a pos­i­tive and life-af­firm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

On this al­bum, Man­gan does a num­ber of things he’s never done be­fore, not the least of which is write and per­form a beau­ti­ful bal­lad in “Fool For Wait­ing.”

Per­haps most im­por­tant to the ab­so­lute suc­cess of the al­bum is what he de­scribes as “turn­ing the keys over” to pro­ducer Dean Brown, the driv­ing force be­hind the al­bum’s very clean and fo­cused sound.

And why not? Brown has worked with some of Man­gan’s favourite artists in­clud­ing Ra­dio­head.

“I think that he was in­ter­ested in work­ing with me, and I was in­trigued by that,” says Man­gan.

“So we went and made this record, and I’m so proud partly be­cause songs are back at the fore­front, and in a way it is more ac­ces­si­ble but, at the same time, even weirder than Club Meds in some ways. It’s a step back and step for­ward, same time.”

And when he writes, it is of­ten through the lens of his own chil­dren and what kind of world they will be in­her­it­ing. That’s a pow­er­ful thing.

“When I was younger, it was all, ‘F**k the bull­shit,’ and now it’s more like, ‘God, what are we go­ing to do?’” he says.

“I’m just des­per­ate for kind­ness in the world now. That’s all I want to project or see or at­tract if I can man­i­fest things in my life. I just want to be a part of more hon­est, vul­ner­a­ble kind­ness.”

Dan Man­gan plays at the Dan­forth Mu­sic Hall on Jan. 31.

Dan Man­gan’s lat­est al­bum ‘More or Less’ was re­leased on Nov. 2

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