Last we spoke to Dan Deacon, we learned about his proclivities for manipulating the limitations of analog, digital, and acoustic instruments. Though Deacon is infatuated with the idea of perfection and repetition, he is also invested in finding its weak points where mutation and corruption exist. For a really great visual example of what that means, check out his video for his 2012 single “True Thrush”
What is so weird about that fascination with dichotomy is how inherently human it is. Even though Deacon’s music can sound synthetic, it really explores a concept that is fundamental to breathing, walking, talking, and thinking: contradiction. Deacon’s greatest strength as musician is making diametric opposites sound natural when synthesized–so natural that you wouldn’t question disparate noises emanating from the same source.
In “Feel The Lightning”, we are subjected to a really abrasive bass line at the same time that we are treated to very delicate, calming chord progression. A droning robotic voice is complemented by soft female vocals, and of course, the source is all the same. This is all Dan Deacon doing what he does best: making excellent music.
“Feel The Lightning”, viewable below, is the first single from Deacon’s upcoming LP, Gliss Riffer, which will release February 24 via Domino. Check out the album artwork below the video.