Published Sep 20, 2011Canadian songwriting darling Dan Mangan is returning with his highly anticipated follow-up to 2009's Polaris Music Prize-nominated Nice, Nice, Very Nice. Oh, Fortune hits shelves next week, but you can stream the album on Exclaim.ca now.
The new record finds Mangan "further exploring folk music's boundaries" and features a bevy of ambitious arrangements, ultimately creating a noisier, bigger sound from the Vancouver songwriter known for his sing-along-friendly tunes like "Robots."
Album opener "About As Helpful As You Can Be Without Being Any Help At All" draws the listener in with its combination of snappy string arrangements and Mangan's rough but reassuring voice. The tracks that follow blend melancholy themes ("If I Am Dead," "Regarding Death and Dying") with folk pop tunes ("Leaves, Trees, Forest") that are more intricate than catchy this time around.
This fall the Vancouverite will be taking the new record on the road for a Canadian tour stretching from Newfoundland to British Columbia. You can see the dates here.
Listen to the stream below to hear for yourself how Mangan's sound has changed. Oh Fortune is out September 27 via Arts & Crafts.