Artist of the week: Dan Deacon

Artist of the week on Musikki – Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon is an American composer and electronic musician based out of Baltimore, Maryland, USA. With a background college education in the State University of New York on electro-acoustic studies and computer music composition, he self-released in 2003 and 2004 several CD-Rs that created a cult following and the admiration of fellow electronic musicians. He relocated to Baltimore in 2004 and formed the highly influential arts and music collective Wham City.

He expanded dramatically his audience with the two breakthrough albums he released with Carpark Records, Spiderman of the Rings (2007) and Bromst (2009), two hyperactive albums that, under a cacophonous electronic surface, had a heart that pulsated with an uncanny pop sensibility. It was during this time that Dan Deacon began not only to built his reputation as a formidable and irreverent live performer that showed no difficulty in engaging large-scale audience as an active part of his performances, but to start working in the contemporary classical scene and film scoring. As a result he ended up releasing America (Domino Records, 2012), by far his most mature and organic record to date.

The freshly released Gliss Riffer is definitely a step back from the serious mood and grandiosity of his predecessor and represents a glorious return to the uptempo beats and the vintage sounds of his better known work. Nevertheless, one significant novelty stands out: for the first time, a Dan Deacon record shines through the use of modern pop vocals and thoughtful lyrics.

João Pedro da Costa

João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.