About Dan Deacon’s Bromst:
The art made by Baltimore artist Dan Deacon is about community and how to organize and inspire it. From founding a now well-known art collective (Wham City), to organizing and running an annually sold-out DIY music festival (Whartscape), to conceiving, planning and curating a massive 60 person/30 band tour (Baltimore Round Robin Tour), it’s clear to see that community and bringing people together is the major theme of his work. Bromst is the embodiment of that way of thinking.
For the last three years Dan Deacon has been working on Bromst. Fusing together the growing intensity of his live performances with his background in electro-acoustic composition, the outcome is a collection of pieces that are intense and epic and at the same time down to earth and welcoming. Bromst embodies the same energy and excitement as Spiderman of the Rings, however the craftsmanship and composition on Bromst have a wider scope and richer palette.
Unlike the completely electronic Spiderman of the Rings, the instrumentation on Bromst is a mixture of acoustic instruments, mechanical instruments, samples and electronics. The player piano, marimba, glockenspiel, vibraphone, live drums, winds and brass give Bromst a much richer tone than his previous work. The intricate and complex parts, skillfully executed by the performers, are woven together into a rich, dense, noisy dance pop that has become Dan Deacon’s signature sound.
About the Dan Deacon / Adventure split 12″:
For the past five years, Baltimore’s Dan Deacon has been traveling around the world performing in just about any space imaginable from alleyways, basements and abandoned buildings to institutions like the Whitney, the Getty and the Smithsonian. Much has changed since Dan started his travels. While his music still has the same uplifting spirit as before, it now has a maturity. The piece “Get Older” is about realizing that aging, growth and change should be embraced, not feared. The music is more about a celebration than a party. The party’s not over, it’s just not a drunken rager anymore. It is a music to celebrate with, to get excited with. You can still trash around and dance until you’re soaked in sweat, but it’s not a distraction or escape. It’s music written to help motivate and get pumped in both joyous and difficult times.
Adventure’s side starts with an oldie and ends with a newbie. The first song “Poison Diamonds” is like an 8 bit Lego masterpiece built by a 10 year old living on another planet. The second song, “Lifeguard,” is the most recent from Baltimore’s Adventure. The lyrics were inspired by Dan Deacon after Benny (aka Adventure) played him the instrumental track. It is the first Adventure song to feature Benny’s voice, and is slower and poppier than his previous video-game sounding work.
Notes on the songs:
The Adventure song “Poison Diamonds” is also available on the Adventure self-titled full length on Carpark.
The Adventure song “Lifeguard” is exclusive to this release.
“Get Older” will be on the upcoming Dan Deacon full length Bromst coming out on Carpark March 24th.
Limited edition vinyl-only release of 1000 copies.
The guitar parts on “Get Older” are performed by Matt Papich (Ecstatic Sunshine, White Williams).
The piano parts are acoustically realized by a player piano and recorded at Snow Ghost Studios in White Fish, Montana.
“Cave Birth” is a five-channel layer improvisation for feedback and voice and is exclusive to this release. The mic was turned up just enough so the speakers would softly feedback and provide the drone while the voice would slowly drift around in pitch, causing the feedback to slightly drift. This process was repeated five times and then layered on top of each other “blindly” creating the floating, airy sound.
The front cover image is a composite image of Dan Deacon and Benny Adventure.
Street Date: March 24, 2009
1. Build Voice
2. Red F
3. Paddling Ghost
5. Of The Mountains
6. Surprise Stefani
7. Wet Wings
8. Woof Woof
9. Slow With Horns / Run For Your Life
11. Get Older
Dan Deacon / Adventure
Street Date: Jan. 27, 2009
Dan Deacon –
1. Get Older
2. Cave Birth
1. Poison Diamonds
Jan. 30 Brooklyn, NY Danbro Studios Warehouse
DAN DEACON LINKS:
MySpace – www.myspace.com/dandeacon
Press Materials – www.carparkrecords.com/bromstpresspage.html