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.
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