Dan Mangan Shows Us the Pandemic Through the Eyes of a Child in His New "Lay Low" Video
The track comes from his 2018 effort 'More or Less'
Published Apr 21, 2021Dan Mangan is dipping back into his 2018 album More or Less to give us a new video. It comes for the track "Lay Low," and you can watch it now.
The clip was shot over the span of a year by director Deryn Robson, who shines his lens on the experience of a toddler living through the pandemic and its many frustrations.
"Deryn's beautiful capturing of his little Auggie throughout the pandemic perfectly captured the listless feeling of floating through moments," said Mangan in a statement. "Sometimes, dealing with yourself is enough workload — such that dealing with others as well as yourself feels like an unmanageable existential obligation. Though toddlers are more demonstrative and erratic, I think that we all basically share the same emotions as Auggie. Sometimes it's not enough, and sometimes it's all too much."
Robson added the following:
I had the pleasure of connecting with Dan almost a year ago when he reacted to a instagram story of August, my then 2-year-old child singing along to "Lay Low." Dan's music had become a staple within our 'quarantimes playlist.' August particularly loved the song, and would sing along unaware of the meaning or how it related to our current context.
As was the case for many people, the slow down in work and the sudden, jarring pause to normal life provided lots of time for introspection and observation. It immediately became apparent to me that much of my own internalized feelings of uncertainty, frustration and fear were freely expressed by August on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. August, or Auggie as he would introduce himself, provided us with a perfect abstraction of our own, sometimes unspeakable frustrations with the world we suddenly find ourselves in as we grapple with an uncertain future and a past we can't return to.
Watch the "Lay Low" video below.