Dan Mangan Introduces Madic Records, Leads With Astral Swans
Award winning Vancouver musician launches record label, signs Calgary’s Astral Swans for inaugural release
“You Carry A Sickness/Park Street” 7 inch & digital release out March 25
Astral Swans on tour with Jay Malinowski & The Deadcoast commencing March 20
“I’d had this longstanding pipe dream of having a boutique label. For years, it seemed a fulfilling hobby; to help spread the word about music I believed in that wasn’t getting enough attention. It was never quite the right time, and I figured if it ever were to be, that it would happen fairly organically, and because a particular album or project fell in my hands. It took about one listen through Astral Swans’ rough mixes to light a proverbial fire.”
From the unfiltered inner monologue of Calgary’s Matthew Swann, Astral Swans is the sound of time spent next to the radiator in a cold apartment. Swann’s observations are stark and personal, bringing to mind images of the American underground’s various eras. Equally inspired by 60′s folk, no wave, and 90′s sludge, Astral Swans is at once: haunting, sincere, psychedelic, and strange – picture Nick Drake, Vashti Bunyan, Syd Barrett, and Sibyelle Baier, interpreted via Sonic Youth, PJ Harvey, Eric’s Trip, and Chad Vangaalen (who produced Swann’s previous project, Extra Happy Ghost!!!) He lacks the usual pretense of the “singer/songwriter” and one gets the feeling that his cleverness is almost accidental; it’s just what happened.
Astral Swans debut LP will be released on Madic Records in 2014. In the meantime the newly minted label offers up an introductory two song 7 inch vinyl and digital release ahead of Astral Swans spring tour dates with Jay Malinowski& The Deadcoast. All tour dates are listed below.
LISTEN TO “YOU CARRY A SICKNESS” HERE
Media Reaction for Extra Happy Ghost!!!:
“I left the song looping for hours.” Herohill
“Haunting ballad” Exclaim!
“I included Extra Happy Ghost!!! on my ballot for the Polaris Music Prize, so obviously I’m intrigued by his latest, more electronic-leaning project.” Chipped Hip
Astral Swans Tour Dates:
03/20 Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar
03/22 Vancouver, BC – Media Club
03/23 Kelowna, BC – Streaming Café
03/24 Canmore, AB – Communitea
03/25 Calgary, AB – Festival Hall
03/26 Edmonton, AB – The ARTery
03/27 Saskatoon, SK – Vangelis