GOOD LIES PRESENTS: DAN MANGAN + BLACKSMITH
Dan Mangan returns with his fourth album Club Meds, his first since 2011’s internationally acclaimed Oh Fortune (2x Juno awared & a Polaris Music Prize listing) and a new moniker Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. The new namesake is timely, as this album is indicative of a new beginning, of sorts. Blacksmith is Kenton Loewen, Gordon Grdina, John Walsh (and often Jesse Zubot, JP Carter and Tyson Naylor). Many of these musicians have played with Mangan for years, but there’s a reaffirmed cohesiveness or communal sensibility that merits the marquee amendment. At times, Club Meds evokes images of subtler American-underground innovators like Blonde Redhead or Steve Reich. At other moments, it hits emotional pay-dirt reminiscent of British scene-survivors like Peter Gabriel or Radiohead.
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14+ (under 16’s with adult) // Standing