In August of 2009, Dan Mangan will release his sophomore album, Nice, Nice, Very Nice. And it’s about time. After three and a half years of touring his sleeper-hit, Postcards and Daydreaming, Dan is ready and eager to unveil a collection of lyrical ruminations that showcase his growth as a songwriter.
It’s always a matter of time… sometimes late, sometimes early. So with Dan Mangan’s second full length, you may think that i’m really in advance spreading the word. In fact, once again i’m late writing those couple lines about this awesome Roboteering 5 tracks collection : a really dense container preluding the upcoming realease. Dan’s music seems to have evolved since his first release reminding me either on the opening ‘Robots’ or on the beautiful “Sold” the sounds of an Elvis Perkins or a favorite Mark Berube… Indeed, it’s a full collaboration EP including familiar prints : the above mentioned Mark Berube, Veda Hille, Mark Sasso and Shane Koyczan.
Artist : Dan Mangan
Label : none
Where to buy ? Off Stage, on the artist website, Zunior
Some more words : This short post is also a private request to our prolific Lonesome Drifter Radio DJ and fellow blogger Geordie. Mr Mangan will be touring UK in May and on the 14th, he will be @ the Great Escape Festival in Brighton. Don’t miss such an opportunty, Geordie and bring us back at least some good shots at best some unreleased perls !!!
Some of you already know my addiction for Vancouver Mark Berube’s rich universe. With The Patriotic Few his regular band or with the awesome Fugitives – I can’t imagine loving such a music -, Mark Berube is a captivating composer and songwriter. His talent is growing release after release. At least, I should say his capacity to deliver each time a unique melody (blend of folk-chamber-soul-pop ) which is a perfect illustration of the stories told, is getting closer and closer to the masterpiece… Well, dealing with art and passion, I should simply say that my appreciation of his music is growing songs after songs… But I’m just here writing about artist I love with no other claim than sharing passion & emotions…
Anyway. So, You won’t be surprise reading that I’ve almost got his full discography… and when I’ve learnt from his website, last year, that his 2007 release ‘What the River gave the Boat’ will have a sister album either in shape, form, content or mood ! I already know that my patience will be suffering for a long year…. And here it is : ‘What the Boat give the River’ has been finally reaching my ears… Excitation then … contemplation and excitation ! Find below tracks 8th from both album !
What else needed to be written ? Listen and do yourself a favor : Take the time to buy those two beautiful albums. This 90 minutes trip in Mr Berube’s world is an awesome ticket to free your mind ! I’m just eagerly awaiting for a live performance in France…
Artist : Mark Berube
Label : Redux/KBM ?
Where to buy : What the Boat gave the River is available @ cdbaby.com / You’ll have to wait for the 26th of september for the brand new companion album.
More appetizers : Stream the new album right from Mark Berube’s website / : @myspace.com
For the ones around Montreal : CD RELEASE Party for What the Boat Gave the River on September 25th, 2008 at Cabaret Juste Pour Rire, 2111 Boul. St Laurent…
Do you remember ? ‘Do you remember some warm september… one sunny afternoon…‘ I can’t resist dealing with a song called ‘Say it ain’t so’ and not evoke Murray Head. Murry Head ? One night in Bangkok ? ouch.. forget this one ! Prefer : Mademoiselle, Children only play (Do you remember…), Cocktail Molotov, Los Angeles, Never even thought, Last daze of an empire, Say it ain’t so, Joe… Well, Murray Head !
In a different style, but both inspired and talented, – and comparisons must being stopped here – Mark Berube as written down his own ‘Say it Ain’t So’… and it seems that his new sister-album, from his magnificent ‘What the river gave the boat‘ ; ‘What the boat gave the river’ – which is not a clean catholic concept – is already recorded, and will be available around august / september.
In the meantime, listen to this fabulous ‘Say it ain’t so’ recorded live @ the Cultch in Vancouver and check Mark Berube’s myspace page to listen to couple tracks from his forthcoming album : ‘Yesterday’s Halo’, ‘Flowers on the Stones’, ‘Minus 17′ are already rated 5 stars on my itunes library : singular symphonies oscillating between chamber pop and folk ; powerful lyrics ; an accurate sense of the melody ; and above all a blessing talent for sharing his music !
Artist : Mark Berube
Label : none
If you love the sound of this piano song, you should also enjoy Arlan Feiles