Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Dan Deacon, "Bromst" (2009)

Where was I? Looks like I have some catching up to do!

Dan Deacon released his new album, "Bromst" in March. As a graduate in electro-accoustic and computer music composition from The Conservatory of Music, New York (now that sounds like a cool course!) until now Dan Deacon has kept us interested by offering up different slices of digital experimentation. These have included self-released CDR's full of minimalist frequency variations, and compilations of gloriously glitchy "dance" records culminating in his indie-breakthrough album, "Spiderman of the Rings" (2007).

Bromst is a different, dare I say it, even maturer recording. Yes, there are the same helter skelter moments where the beats re-sync and spiral out of control ("Woof, Woof", "Padding Ghost") but these swarms of sound are now tempered with moments of reflection, quietness and beauty which contribute to creating a much more balanced record. The music is allowed to slowly build then wane, rather than processed to relentlessly pummel you. The best track on the album is "Surprise Stefani" written for his tour manager. The fact that he even has a tour manager seems like a revealing sign. Dan Deacon has stopped fucking about and he means business!

myspace/dan deacon
youtube/dan deacon - surprise stefani

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