“Club Meds” is the fourth studio album by Juno winning Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Mangan, released on 13 January 2015. It is his first album to be released under the moniker Dan Mangan + Blacksmith.
The first single to be released off the album is “Vessel”, written for the 2014 film Hector and the Search for Happiness starring Simon Pegg. Mangan composed multiple other instrumental sections and is credited on the film’s score. Jason Grishkoff of IndieShuffle said that “I had to keep Dan’s new track “Vessel” on repeat, and the good news is that it pretty much didn’t get old”.
A video for the single directed by artist Ben Clarkson was released on October 21, 2014. Reception to the video was positive with NPR’s Bob Boilen writing that “The video is stunning — funny, odd and quirky, but with a sense of purpose” Speaking on the music video and song, Mangan stated that “people are comfortable with a middle-ground safe place. We’re afraid to be honest with ourselves and actually work through the highs and the lows and embrace them.”
A second single, “Mouthpiece” was released November 5, 2014. Spin wrote that “Mouthpiece” was a “a memorable cut that should hopefully make the positive word of mouth migrate down to the U.S.”