Dan Deacon 


Far from being a bedroom/basement savant with a four-track recorder, Dan Deacon studied electronic music in college. Yet Deacon's music is neither dry nor academic — he's as influenced by Devo and 1980s synth-pop as by American maverick composers Conlon Nancarrow and Raymond Scott. No gloomy, down-tempo, or ambient electronica for this lad — his layering of sounds and voices (found and original) is predominantly playful and brisk.

While it's short on memorable melodies — except for the first track, the psychedelic mini-symphony "Build Voice" — Bromst more than makes up for it with personality, wit, and sheer giddiness. Beats — alternately simply bubblegum-y and marching-band strict tempo — usually begin slowly, giving way to jackhammer drum 'n' bass tempos. Then, a choir of voices swoops down from cartoon heaven, singing backwards and forwards while riding the rhythm. Instrumental sounds constantly loop and overlap each other. The most powerful track, "Wet Wings," features samples of a woman singing a capella, and the overtones of her voice evolve into a lush, beautifully disorienting wonderland recalling the choral music of the late György Ligeti.

Depending on your mood, you'll likely find Bromst invigorating or fatiguing. (Carpark)


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