Dan Mangan has shared a cinematic new video for his More Or Less track, “Lay Low.”
The Deryn Robson-directed video was shot over the span of a year amidst COVID-19, as it follows a toddler named Auggie who is forced to confront a wide range of emotions during lockdown. The video fits the melancholic track perfectly, as Mangan delivers lines like, “Lay low, just let the day go/ I’m okay in the shadows.”
“Deryn’s beautiful capturing of his little Auggie throughout the pandemic perfectly captured the listless feeling of floating through moments,” Mangan explains. “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.”
Watch the video for “Lay Low” below.
Robson explains of the video:
“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.”