Instead of hiding behind a computer screen, Dan Deacon gets
right in the thick of things. He isn’t afraid to let the crowd’s sweat dampen
his effects pedals and various gizmos. On his latest, he adds backing musicians
to the mix, and the results are pretty damn impressive.
The album kicks off with “Build Voices” – an accurate
description of Deacon’s M.O. A sampled vocal loops and builds as lyrics float
in overhead, before hyperactive drums and sweeping chord changes get things
moving. “Paddling Ghost” is a mélange of marimbas and ‘80s synth-rock, while
“Wet Wings” could be Deacon’s deconstructed answer to Moby’s Play – the three-minute song overlaps what
sounds like a sample of an Appalachian folk song until it hypnotically blends
into white noise.
On Bromst, Deacon
makes neither pure electronic music nor experimental noise rock. But his
ability to reference both of these niches without being completely at home in
either is what keeps his work so interesting.
Standout Tracks: “Paddling
Ghost,” “Woof Woof” JONAH FLICKER