Dan Deacon – America (2012)
Anybody who has listened to Dan Deacon’s brand of multilayered electronic craziness will not be surprised to find that he has produced a great follow up to his almost flawless album Bromst (2009); however, he feels like he has more of a story to tell, here on America, with a certain maturity and dignity. But rest assured, the complex insanity of Deacon’s previous outings is not gone, there is plenty to be found on the noisy glitchy Crash Jam, and the intriguing True Thrush, and what is essentially a rock song, Lots. At times, it feel like Dan Deacon’s whacky electronic take on Americana, with hints of Bluegrass coming through on Guildford Avenue Bridge.
However, there is a political undertow to America, discussing the distress at what America was, the longing for what it could have been and confusion about what it has become with over-corporatism and war. The longing for the past, with the tribal rhythms of USA II: The Great American Desert perhaps alluding to the native cultural heritage.
But even with the anger, confusion, desperation and regret, I still feel that there is a sense of hope, for example on USA III: Rails, which heralds the age of trains in the incipient America, an exploratory expansion into the West to seek a new life; it’s cautious but excited.
America is an album of two halves; the first half is more extroverted and similar in scope to previous Deacon outings, whereas on the second half, with the four-part America suite, we find that this mature Deacon is self-reflective and really shows what he is capable of.
Favourite tracks: Guildford Avenue Bridge, USA II: The Great American Desert, USA III: Rails.
Spotify link: Dan Deacon – America