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Dan Deacon's electronic music works many different angles, far beyond what many similar artists consider their realm. The Baltimore chopper slices and dices his influences with irreverence, and America—his first album for the estimable independent label Domino—isn't afraid of getting tangled up in difficult emotions. "Guilford Avenue Bridge" sets the tone; it's an ambient instrumental that neither settles as wallpaper nor kicks up to raging ecstasy. Indie pop underpins the high-energy romp "True Thrush," while "Lots" and "Crash Jam" come closest to the pure mania most listeners associate with 21st-century electro-pop. With "Prettyboy," sounds start to boil over with a sense that something big and rather ominous is coming. And it arrives. The four-part "USA" series features a mix of programmed and live instruments that create an orchestral suite beyond anyone's expectations. "USA II: The Great American Desert" is a rumbling and tumbling epic with beats that flutter to and fro. Dan Deacon proves that electronic music can still be affected by a human touch.

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Transcending.

Not sure what all the fuss is over. This is a spectacular Dan Deacon album. What was everyone expecting? Love the use of brass and string instruments. I feel crazy loopy while listening to it. And that's a good thing.

Excellent!

Dan, you always know how to get my creative juices flowing. Thank you for another awesome record!!

Making Real Music

I really like the direction Dan Deacon's gone in and not just because there aren't as many cartoonish vocals. This guy can seriously write music. The depth of Deacon's craft surprised me in Bromst, and I love that he's taking it even further here rather than falling back on his crazy cartoonish songs that I'm sure a lot of his fans want him to return to. As a big classical music fan, I love how he uses the orchestra in the USA suite. It reminds me of Philip Glass, but it's definitely still Dan Deacon at its core. I only wish he took it even further and expanded the length of the USA suite to really let it build, while giving it more thematic expansiveness and punch. Still, I love the kind of music he's putting out these days.

Biography

Born: August 28, 1981 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Equally influenced by diverse artists like Devo, Talking Heads, Scratch Orchestra, Raymond Scott, and Conlon Nancarrow, electronic music composer Dan Deacon studied electro-acoustic and computer music composition at Purchase College in New York. While he was a student, he issued his first recordings in small runs on CD-R, including Green Cobra Is Awesome vs. the Sun, Silly Hat vs. Egale Hat (yes, "Egale"), and Meetle Mice, all released in 2003. He later moved to Baltimore, Maryland, and became an...
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