DAN MANGAN SHARES COVER OF LAURYN HILL’S ‘EX-FACTOR’

Dan Mangan + BlacksmithFAME RECOMMENDS: DAN MANGAN + BLACKSMITH’S ALBUM ‘CLUB MEDS’

Ahead of the release of the new Dan Mangan + Blacksmith album ‘Club Meds’ on January 12th via City Slang, Dan shares a splendid solo interpretation of Lauryn Hill’s classic heartbreak track ‘Ex Factor’.

Dan explains: “I’ve always loved this song. I couldn’t think of having heard any covers of Lauryn Hill. Maybe it’s because she’s too amazing and I’m a fool and nobody really *should* cover Lauryn Hill, but this chorus has been in & out of my head since the 90s. It says so much with just a handful of words.”

On the wonderfully unique new album with his band, the Canadian born singer/songwriter reveals: “I used to be emotionally crippled at times by the need for others to enjoy my work. I trust my gut more now, and end up happier with the product.”


“Club Meds is about sedation” Mangan writes in the record’s liner notes. “Sedation can be chemical, but not exclusively so. There is a great vacation from actuality going on. Maybe there always has been. It seems like everybody else is already at the party and that life is somehow easier or more fun under the fog.”

Blacksmith is Kenton Loewen (drums), Gordon Grdina (guitar), John Walsh (bass) and often JP Carter (trumpet), Jesse Zubot (violin) and Tyson Naylor (keys).

‘Club Meds’ on iTunes

See Dan Mangan + Blacksmith live:
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9th – Cologne, DE – Gebäude 9
10th – Lausanne, CH – Le Romandie
11th – Zurich, CH – Mascotte
12th – Graz, AT – Postgarage
13th – Vienna, AT – Wuk
14th – Munich, DE – Strom
15th – Dresden, DE – Beatpol
16th – Berlin, DE – Postbahnhof
17th – Hamburg, DE – Übel & Gefährlich
18th – Bremen, DE – Nordlicht Festival
19th – Heidelberg, DE – Querbeet Festival
20th – Gent, BE – Cafe Video
21st – Amsterdam, NE – Paradiso (Upstairs)
22nd – Paris, FR – Batofar
24th – Manchester, UK – The Deaf Institute
25th – Glasgow, UK – Oran Mor
27th – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
28th – Bristol, UK – The Thekla
29th – Brighton, UK – Komedia
30th – London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall

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