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A Controlling Cacophony: Dan Deacon's Favourite Albums
Dom Smith , June 9th, 2015 09:28

With his fourth album Gliss Riffer released earlier this year and a European tour just started, the Baltimore electronics wizard tells Dom Smith what the gems in his record collection have given to his own musical creations

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Photograph courtesy of Frank Hamilton

Stemming from his self-proclaimed inability to fit into any one genre, Dan Deacon's new album Gliss Riffer is as varied as his Baker's Dozen selection. From the tranquilising tones of 'Meme Generator' to the fantastic ramblings of 'When I Was Done Dying', influences from Deacon's life and musical career (as seen on this list, varying from the much-celebrated to the obscure) are distinctly evident throughout.

After the popularity of Spiderman Of The Rings in 2007 Deacon, gained notoriety for his unconventional live shows and individual perspective. Deacon also draws on his classical influences (more on that soon) to work outside of the electro pop world on the contemporary classical scene. Following on from 2012's America, Deacon's unique sound, with a variance of pop infusions and unsettling tones and lyrics, continues to test the boundaries with a fearless confidence. The result: a scintillating eight-track synth-driven pop record layered with artfully constructed beats and thoughtful melodies. Following the album's release, we had a good long talk with Dan about his favourite albums, their influence on his own output and some of the stories he links to them.

Gliss Riffer is out now on Domino. Dan Deacon is currently on a European tour, with the UK leg starting at The Haunt in Brighton on June 15; for full details, head here. Click on his image below to begin scrolling through Dan's choices, which run in no particular order


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Jun 9, 2015 4:38pm

oh man. I'm definitely grabbing all of these!

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Jun 9, 2015 10:17pm

Bowie AND Reich. Mixing it up!

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Jun 9, 2015 11:51pm

Is this what the Quietus is resorting to these days to spike page views... Lists with a million pages and a just a blurb on each page. I thought you were better than that and respected readers more. This is the kind of silliness that Consequence of Sound pulls, but then I never expect anything good from them. I expect more of this publication.

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Wake Up Call
Jun 10, 2015 1:10am

In reply to westender:

Page views and advertising revenue is how this site survives because it is FREE. Remember? You paid nothing to read this, so enough already with the earnest judgement.

Also Baker's Dozens have always had this format, one album a page. So you can hardly use this well-established format as some indicator of tragic decline.

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Jun 10, 2015 8:07pm

In reply to Wake Up Call:

Well put

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Jun 11, 2015 6:09am

In reply to westender:

Arthur Schopenhauer said that you can judge a man’s happiness by what’s worrying him. Seeing what you get worked up about you must be one lucky bastard.

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Jun 11, 2015 4:44pm

I like Dan.... great guy and a super fun live show.

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Jun 11, 2015 11:52pm

People Like Us & The Jet Black Hair People - People Like Us Meet The Jet Black Hair People... In Concert!

THANK YOU Mr.Deacon for introducing me to this record! Incredible entertainment.

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Jun 11, 2016 12:09pm

One correction though..Eno had already released the "Discreet Music" ambient album a couple years before "Before & After Science"

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