Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Leaked! Dan Deacon's Bromst; mp3s for everyone

Washington City Paper's music blog, Black Plastic Bag, alerted internetters everywhere that a leaked version of Dan Deacon's forthcoming new album, Bromst, is floating around the blogosphere. "Get Older," the first single is already out; the full album is scheduled for commercial release on March 24.


As I write this, I am listening to Bromst on a set of Bose headphones.

Dan, this album is beautiful.

While many tones, timbres and sounds are familiar from Spiderman of the Rings, Bromst is much more ambitious in its composition. It employs a sonic palette that is distincly 21st century, ranging from acoustic marimbas to carefully tweaked electronic pops and buzzes. Deacon masterfully manipulates this din of daily life in 2009 into some of the most provoking musical passages I've heard recently. An early standout for me is "Padding Ghost." Its bold melody floats gracefully between frantic electronic pile-ups and halftime releases. "Snookered" features a hauntingly beautiful vocal while it slowly builds into a majestic cacophony. Also, the second half of "Slow with Horns / Run for Your Life" makes me want to do calculus problems while drinking single malt scotch.

Who leaked the album? Who knows. Maybe it was one of Dan's interns. From his MySpace blog:
I’m preparing the scores for 15 of my compositions that are being printed in early March. I’m already insanely busy so I’m seeking 2 or 3 interns to help me with the process. It pays $15 an hour and should be around 20 hours total. I need people to help clean up the MIDI files and transcribe parts from the program Reason and bring them into the program Sibelius.
Wait, Dan Deacon is going to tour with a 15 piece ensemble? Yes. All the amazingness that is the recorded version of Bromst will be performed live by 15 musicians.

United States and Canada Bromst Ensemble Tour [via MySpace]

April 3rd - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church

April 5th - Williamsburg, VA @ The Little Theater

April 6th - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel

April 7th - Knoxville, TN @ Catalyst

April 8th - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree

April 9th - Athens, GA @ 88/cp

April 10th - Atlanta, GA @ Eyedrum

April 11th - Tallahassee, FL @ FSU/Club Downunder

April 13th - New Orleans, LA @ The Candle Factory/The Heavy

April 15th - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon

April 16th - Houston, TX @ Orange Show

April 18th - Fort Worth, TX @ Fort Worth Modern Art Museum

April 20th - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse

April 21st - San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe

April 22nd - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour

April 23rd - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall

April 24th - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

April 25th - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project

April 26th - Vancouver, BC @ Richards on Richards

April 29th - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

April 30th - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater

May 1st - Kansas City, MO @ Pistol K.C.

May 2nd - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club (early and late show)

May 4th - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre

May 5th - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom

May 6th - Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club/Club Void

May 7th - Chicago, IL @ Metro

May 8th - Mount Pleasant, MI @ CMU / The Wesley Foundation

May 9th - Detroit, MI @ Scrummage

May 10th - Toronto, ON @ The Deleon White Gallery

May 11th - Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa

May 12th - South Burlington, VT @ HG Showcase Lounge

May 13th - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs

May 15th - Brooklyn, NY @ Danbro Studios

May 16th - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

May 17th - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club


*shows in bold should be attended by people who read & write this blog. You know who you are.


Update 2/18: The site hosting the leak has removed the file. Please email me for details on where to find a copy.

Previous Blog Mule coverage of Dan Deacon.

2 comments:

Aaron said...

No love for the D and the May 9th show.

When word of the leak hit the staff of The Index (via twitter) it created quite a stir and work stoppage.

Great record.

Greg said...

No Baltimore show? Shame... well, at least there's DC.

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