Canadian Music Fridays: Dan Mangan

Listen up!

Dan Mangan, while already well-known to some (actually many), is only relatively new to me (I know, I’m slow on the pick up). I’m one of an increasing number of followers catching onto the numerous infectious tunes this originating-in-Vancouver artist has been putting out.

To date he has released two albums – Nice, Nice, Very Nice (2009) and Postcards and Daydreaming (2005) – as well as an EP, Roboteering (2009). Robots make for good musical subject matter, I must say. Dan Mangan has several collaborators on his records, including Justin Rutledge and members of Elliot Brood and Hidden Cameras, as well as during his live performances. I have yet to see a live performance myself, but there’s one coming up in Montreal that’s tempting.

The music has a nice big, folky, bright-sometimes-mellow sound with excellent, unique vocals. Take a listen and you’ll see what I mean. It’s the kind of music that makes you want to dance about… it at the very least deserves a good foot tapping – listen to Sold and you’ll be a living example of what I’m talking about. But don’t stop there, keep listening. You won’t regret it.

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