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A Controlling Cacophony: Dan Deacon’s Favourite Albums

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

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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