Video of the moment
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Last month, NCM's Noah Siegel praised "Vessel", the new single from Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, noting that "the percussive-driven base, spritely guitar licks, and a wild horn outro suggest a new, exciting direction" for the acclaimed and artful B.C. singer/songwriter. The track is the first taste we get of Mangan's upcoming fourth studio album, Club Meds (set for a Jan. 13 release).
A very compelling video clip for "Vessel" came out this week. Director Ben Clarkson has a very philosophical approach to the project, explaining in a label press release that "It is complicated to open a conversation about the way we depict our history and our identity..... I believe that the quiet stability that many of us enjoy is a phantasm. I believe we have a great deal of work to do in order to live with one another in a way that agrees with our values (or the values we'd like to have). History is not finished and we must take ownership of it, or others will do it for us."
Featuring very vivid colours, the clip presents a dazzling array of animated and illustrated images, ranging from wildlife to Canadiana art (Group of Seven and Emily Carr references) to ones suggesting a critique of consumerism and celebrity culture. Heady stuff that'll have you viewing it multiple times. The artistic ambition here tallies nicely with the track itself, one suggestive of Peter Gabriel or Talking Heads material.
Dan Mangan + Blacksmith are sure to preview some of their new songs on their U.S. tour, running from Oct. 25 to Nov. 25. He then teams up with Arts & Crafts labelmate Hayden for a cross-country tour, from Feb. 2 to March 14.