DAN MANGAN - "TROUBLED MIND" + "FOOL FOR WAITING"
LABEL : ARTS & CRAFTS
Over the course of 10 years, Dan Mangan has gone from a bearded 20-something troubadour playing coffee shop open mics to earning top ten radio hits, scoring Hollywood films, and winning multiple JUNO Awards. Today, the acclaimed songwriter returns to the rich, earnest, sentimental songwriting that he started with as a bright-eyed singer/songwriter in Vancouver.
“Fool For Waiting” is an instant classic love song, destined to be played on first-dance floors and lover’s soundtracks for years to come.
“Fool For Waiting” is about “finding someone who makes you feel less crazy, or at least someone who finds your craziness endearing because it’s real and honest,” says Mangan. “And that real, imperfect love is not always as fantastical or magical as a wild romance, but that it’s worth waiting for.”
Produced by Simone Felice (Lumineers, Bat For Lashes) and engineered/mixed by Ryan Hewitt (Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers), the song’s vocals, piano, and drums were recorded live off the floor as a duo with Mangan and Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley, St. Vincent). “The take feels a bit imperfect in a nice way,” says Mangan. “There’s a moment at the end where I chuckled on the line ‘Oh, and they tell me’. Simone liked it because he couldn’t tell if I was laughing or crying. And ain’t that just life…”
“Troubled Mind” may be Mangan's most upbeat, dance-able song to date “in complete contrast to the lyrics - both in denial of the troubled mind, as well as in defiance against it,” he claims.
Produced with Simone Felice "Troubled Mind" is about “the struggle to maintain any kind of mental equilibrium in the day-to-day as we're bombarded with the woes of the world,” says Mangan. “As the inflation of urgency increases, so does our capacity and appetite for it. I succumb to it as much as the next person.”
“Fool For Waiting” and "Troubled Mind" follow up 2016’s homespun EP Unmake and 2015’s collaborative art-rock album Club Meds. In 2012 Mangan won two JUNO Awards for his sophomore LP, Oh Fortune, and his 2010 debut album, Nice, Nice, Very Nice, was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize.
Later this year, Dan Mangan will release his fifth studio album.
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