Day 27: Dan Deacon – Spiderman of the Rings

27 Mar

The Crystal Cat

Dan Deacon…what a bro.  I love the guy.  I’ve been lucky enough to see him and his ensemble live twice, and they have put on two of the best shows that I’ve ever been to.  His shows are so ridiculous and fun for a couple of reasons; the music translates live very well, and he’s amazing with getting the crowd involved.  My all-time favorite concert moment was at Dan Deacon’s Lollapalooza set in 2009.  He had a guy go into the crowd and lead a call-and-response interpretive dance, which ended in synchronized, rhythmic trash throwing by the crowd.  It was beautiful.

You’d think that it’d be hard to capture that amazing atmosphere in a single album, but Deacon manages to do a pretty good job.  While there’s nothing that can compare to a Dan Deacon show, Spiderman of the Rings comes close.

When it comes to describing Dan Deacon’s music, one word comes to mind: happy.  There’s not one downbeat word, bleep, or bloop throughout the entire album.  Most of Deacon’s vocals are altered, making them high-pitched and all but unrecognizable, only adding to the joy that seems to pour out of his work.

It’s not like Deacon is just pressing random keys on a synthesizer. He know’s what he’s doing musically.  Take the 11-plus minute track Wham City, for example.  Comparable to Sufjan Steven’s epic Impossible Soul, the song is made up of multiple movements, all equally catchy.  He brings the same vocal loop in and out of the song a few times, and always uses it effectively.  Honestly, it’s something you just have to hear for yourself.

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