Dean Manning Shows How You Can Handle the Pain of a Bad Breakup With Grace and Humor on “Messy Time”

Dean Manning, photo courtesy the artist

Dean Manning’s metaphors and imagery on “Messy Time” are evocative and unusual and the dark, self-deprecating humor could have waxed maudlin about a relationship that has come apart and its aftermath but the tenor of the song is simply one of weary acceptance. Manning doesn’t place the blame for the breakup on anyone and acknowledges his own inability to perceive the signs that things were off. It’s a gentle song that sketches how one’s life can be turned upside down but everyone can come out at the end of that period essentially okay with no need for misplaced rancor. To help him to bring some subtle sonics to the song Manning brought in multi-instumentalist Justin Stanley who brought his skills to recordings with Prince, Leonard Cohen and Beck and Stella Mozgawa, the talented drummer of Warpaint. Fans of Low and Yo La Tengo’s more mellow moments will find Manning’s song charming and resonant. Look for the full record Sunday Mountain out on Manning’s label Cloudy But Fine on September 6. But for now you can listen to the song on YouTube.