Sometimes when an album becomes an evocative reminder of a point in your life it is hard to accept subsequent recordings because they just aren’t quite right. It’s hard to disconnect yourself from it and sometimes you just have to give it a decent amount of time. This was very much my relationship with Dan Mangan after “Nice, Nice, Very Nice” was released way back in 2010. It was the album for that period of my life and so when “Oh Fortune” was released I enjoyed it but it wasn’t Dan Mangan, or at least my definition of what Dan Mangan was.
But man, sometimes we need to remove our heads from our arses and recast a look to what former favourites are still doing. Going by Dan Mangan + Blacksmith now, the band are gearing up to release their new album “Club Meds,” 13th of January 2015 on Arts and Crafts Records. Now I’ve disassociated myself from the arrogance that I can define a musicians ouevre, “Mouthpiece” off the previously mentioned album is fantastic. Darker than old Mangan and haunting whilst still possessing his ability to rouse you out your seat, “Club Meds” could end up making Mangan and co household names.
Until then pretend you’re cooler than everybody else by listening to these guys “first.”