22 August 2012
Albums | Reviews

Dan Deacon – America

Domino

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Chiptune has gone orchestral on Dan Deacon’s latest opus. It was only a matter of time, what with the classical nous the Baltimore musician has demonstrated by writing ensemble pieces for a Carnegie Hall performance and a film score for Francis Ford Coppola. Deacon is undoubtedly a man with some passionate views, energising the Occupy protests earlier this year with one of his trademark dance-offs. But it’s difficult to glean much political intent on the lush pastoral American soundscapes of the album’s second half; a four-part, 21-minute long epic. Deacon’s abrasive 8-bit noise sits a bit uneasy at times with the majestic concert arrangements, though you have to marvel at the balls it takes to fuse the two and then stick a Star-Spangled Banner right through the middle of it. Adam Bychawski

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