February 24, 2009

Dan Deacon - Bromst

Sorry for being so MIA, but I've been working hard. Dan Deacon's 2007 album Spiderman of the Rings aligned him with artists like Girl Talk for being dance / pop music favored by indie kids that didn't come from Western Europe. There was something demographically appealing in Deacon's nonstop beats and Nintendo sounds. Do yourself a favor and google "spiderman of the rings site:blogspot.com" and read some of the descriptions, "batshit bubblegum pop" being one of my favorites. It seemed like people approached that album for the sake of novelty or irony or whatever. Deacon's newest album, Bromst, does a lot to sustain that legacy and you will read countless blog posts that fixate on that. However, there's something very different about Bromst's ability to absorb and assimilate folk / world influences that makes his propulsive rhythms feel downright tribal as opposed to "bubblegum" and his melodic and textural choices eclectic rather than just layers of epileptic computer noises. Bromst uses technology as a kind of musical encyclopedia, quantizing and crunching together folk traditions that otherwise wouldn't go together, much less with contemporary indie dance music. Bromst really transcends any corners Deacon may have worked himself into with Spiderman and is my favorite album of the year so far.

Bromst [2009] - Download - Review

18 comments:

.tiff said...

Awesome. I had no idea that he came out with a new album. Trying its flavorssssss.

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mr.A said...

Thanks awesome album.

gabbagabbahey said...

liking this. if it hasn't quite bowled me over so far I know I just need to wait until I've listened to it some more - which is in itself an interesting move away from the immediacy of Spiderman.

just watched the four 'Making Of' videos on Pitchfork, rather good.

DFelon204409 said...

Ya the making of is amazing. Lots of interesting content. I'm going to be interviewing him for Sputnik so hopefully we'll all get to learn more about the process behind Bromst.

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I think this is what people wanna see and hear different things in order to living the monotony, in my personal opinion this is pretty good.

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