Stream Dan Deacon’s new album, America via NPR First Listen

ALBUM STREAM: America

VIDEO: “True Thrush”

Dan Deacon’s new album, his first for Domino, is called America and it’s out next Tuesday, Aug. 28. NPR is streaming the album in full here and they also provided this excellent description of the record on their site:

“America is an album packed with melody and noise, minimalism and excess, harshness and beauty – sometimes all the same time. Dan Deacon’s music is steeped in pop, electronics and classical music, making this record an absolute adventure.

Deacon spent time studying composition and electronic music at Purchase College, State University of New York. He was encouraged to be playful at a time when minimalism was already having an impact on not only new classical music but pop music like the Talking Heads and rap. And you can hear all of that on this album – those modal forms, hypnotic drones and fierce beats. And there are simplistic and lulling marimba sounding rhythms on this record made of what sounds like cello, piano and percussion. And make no mistake, there’s electronics – gigantic, walloping walls of sound that grate and enchant, gnaw and delight.

Side One of America is the pop side, and here Deacon has played with his singing style somewhat. In the past, it’s fair to say, it was more chant and repetition; on America it can be more word driven. And even when the music is dense, there’s more space. The sounds are more clearly defined and the total is experience less exhausting and more exhilarating. It’s still intense, but it’s friendlier.

Side Two is a piece in 4 parts. The piece is called USA, a play on the name of an old favorite band of Dan’s called the USAISAMONSTER. The band had done an epic concert at his home, Baltimore’s Wham City, and that inspired Deacon to compose something very very big. It’s a piece of music that made him feel happy to be living in America. It’s devoid of politics and celebrates the land.

America is not a one-listen record. You have the whole week to sink your teeth into this, so take the time and do it. If the sounds feel brash, let them wash over you. This album is worth the ride.”

Tour Dates

08/29 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom &
08/30 Columbus, OH – The Bluestone &
08/31 Indianapolis, IN – Earth House &
09/01 Chicago, IL – North Coast Music Festival *
09/02 Saint Louis, MO – Firebird &
09/03 Louisville, KY – Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts &
09/04 Nashville, TN – Exit In &
09/05 Huntsville, AL – Flying Monkey &
09/06 Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light &
09/07 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival *
09/08 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater &
10/03 Richmond, VA – Gallery 5 &
10/04 Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger &
10/05 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel &
10/06 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West &
10/08 Birmingham, AL – Bottletree &
10/09 New Orleans, LA – Le Maison &
10/10 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s &
10/11 Austin, TX – Beauty Ballroom &
10/12 Dallas, TX – Club Dada &
10/13 Norman, OK – Opolis &
10/16 Sante Fe, NM – Sol Sante Fe &
10/18 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom &
10/19 San Diego, CA – Irenic &
10/20 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre &
10/22 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Club &
10/23 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall &
10/25 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater &
10/26 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret &
10/27 Seattle,WA – Neptune &
10/29 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court &
10/31 Denver,CO – Bluebird Theater &
11/02 Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theatre &
11/03 Minneapolis, MN – The Cedar &
11/05 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre &
11/08 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick &
11/09 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace &
11/10 Montreal, QC – SAT &
11/11 South Burlington, VA – Higher Ground &
11/12 Portland, ME – SPACE Gallery &
11/13 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club &
11/14 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg &
11/15 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer &
11/16 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom &
11/17 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club &
12/06 Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder
12/09 Jacksonville, FL – Underbelly
12/10 Savannah, GA – Safe // Sound
12/11 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
12/13 Pensacola, FL – Handlebar
12/14 Gainesville, FL – Double Down Live
12/15 Tampa, FL – Crowbar

& = Dan Deacon Ensemble w/ Height With Friends, Chester Endersby Gwazda, Alan Resnick
* = solo set

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