Dan Deacon: America

Dan Deacon
(Domino Recording Co.)

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With only a few months left before the presidential election, sonic architect Dan Deacon is releasing his new album, America, which isn’t focused on politics exactly, but is instead an optimistic musical exploration of the country in which we live. The album is divided into two parts with the first half consisting of pop songs along the lines of what one might expect and the final four tracks, entitled “USA…,” that contain over 20 minutes of music, are more akin to soundscapes that attempt to musically describe our geography.

To say that Deacon’s new album is quite a bit mellower than his previous effort might seem strange because his trademark sonic onslaught is still present, but the songs this time around are quite a bit more melodic with a pronounced cinematic feeling.  His sound is again percussive but it’s more orderly chaos than in the past, occasionally drifting into something of a shoegazey, Brian Eno-like territory.

The highlights include “Lots,” which has a great live energy feel, and the bright, wide-scoping “True Thrush,” for which Deacon created a fun video, which is a visual version of the game Telephone. But it’s “USA IV: Manifest” that might be the most innovative music Deacon has put out, which is saying something for such an innovative musician.

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About Tim Needles

Tim Needles is an artist, photographer, humorist, and writer from Long Island, NY. His writing and art work has been seen in multiple exhibitions and publications around New York as well as the Photographer’s Forum, French Photo, the New York Times, and LI Pulse magazine. He is also an educator and currently teaches art and film at Smithtown, NY and as an Education Leader for Adobe. He was recently the recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Award in Washington DC and serves as the director of Strictly Students, a non-for-profit group for media and education. His work can be seen on his website: www.timneedles.com
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