Weekly Soundtrack: Dan Mangan

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By Anna Piszczkiewicz   Photo by Jonathan Taggart

I discovered Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Dan Mangan about a year ago, long after everyone else was introduced to him. But a bandwagon is meant to be jumped on, so that’s what I did.

I fell for the oh-so-good Canadian boy because of his raspy voice, folky guitar strumming but most of all, for his wise and thoughtful lyrics.

As per usual, I played his sophomore album, Nice, Nice, Very Nice (2009), on repeat for months (I come from the “Play it until your ears bleed” school of listening). Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait long for new material.

Mangan released his third album, Oh Fortune, in September 2011, to rave reviews across Canada, the U.K. and Australia. Everyone agreed: Mangan is amazing.

The folk crooner is nominated for a total of four 2012 Junos: best new artist, songwriter of the year, alternative album of the year and video of the year for the song “Rows of Houses.”

Waking young and feeling old / The days are no longer my own / To piss away the waking hours.

These words come from “Robots,” a super catchy tune from his second record—and one you can’t help but sing along to. So, here it is! But let me tell you, I would happily link to every song of his.

“Robots”

Irresistible, right?

I hope these tunes strike your fancy. If so, you’ll be glad to know that Mangan is now on tour. He’s every bit as charming on stage as you imagine him to be.

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