Music Review | posted 18.09.2012
Dan Deacon
America
Domino, 2012
Text Martin Silbermann , Translation Julia Frohn
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Carnegie Hall and illegal parties, orchestral compositions and electronic beat-storms: Dan Deacon is a man who playfully unites opposites. And he has become quite a big gun, too! With »America«, he is already releasing his eleventh record and proves once more his enormous musical range. There is everything from bulky electro-tracks with almost apocalyptic lyrics (»True Thrush«) to soft string-arrangements, which then again are confronted by distorted beats and overmodulated synthesizers. Deacon manages to keep up this stress ratio between acoustic and electronic sounds, in between somewhat poppy dance-music and gloomy lyrics for the whole duration of »America«. All that culminates in a four-part USA-opus, which he recorded with an ensemble of 22 and which is all about the beauty of nature and at the same time our alienation from it. He wants to use this energy that comes to life through the combination of positively emotionalizing sounds and critically rational texts, in order to shake up the listener so that they start to create a better future themselves. It’s only fitting that after Carnegie Hall, Deacon played for almost 10.000 occupy-supportes at Union Square. In his own words: »The future surrounds us. Let us begin.«

You can find »America« by Dan Deacon at hhv.de: LP
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