Dan Mangan Reveals New Video For ‘Race To The Bottom’

Photo by Norman Wong
Photo by Norman Wong

Dan Mangan reveals a new video for ‘Race to the Bottom’, one of the more lively songs off his latest EP ‘UnMake’ – a record that was quietly released in Canada but that packs a punch. The album gave Mangan the opportunity to once again invite many friends and long-time collaborators to help out including Wintersleep’s Loel Campbell on drums who is showcased on this single.

“It’s about us grasping for a better or simpler time, but it never existed,” says Mangan about ‘Race to the Bottom’.

“Either we’re bummed that we missed out on it, or we’re anxious that we’ll miss the moment when it does come. I’ve always been fascinated by nostalgia. I think it’s dangerous. Putting a halo on the past takes you out of the present, and it’s just not realistic. It’s fantasy.” 

With a video style that is quite subtle in tone, director Christopher Smith has eloquently provided a visual pairing to Mangan’s words and music that lets the viewer simply relax and take all the intricate nuances in. “I wanted to make a video that functioned with a sort of ambiguity – one where the story or plot plays second to sentiment,” says Smith. 

Aside from sharing a new video for ‘Race to the Bottom’, Mangan is also announcing new tour dates for November supporting James Vincent McMorrow. 

Watch the video and check out Mangan’s upcoming tour dates with James Vincent McMorrow below.


Tour Dates

Nov 7 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall ^
Nov 9 –  Washington DC @ DC9 ^
Nov 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer ^
Nov 11 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club ^

^ James Vincent McMorrow