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The art made by Baltimore artist Dan Deacon is about community and how to organize and inspire it. From founding a now well-known art collective (Wham City), to organizing and running an annually sold-out DIY music festival (Whartscape), to conceiving, planning and curating a massive 60 person/30 band tour (Baltimore Round Robin Tour), it’s clear to see that community and bringing people ... Read more in Amazon's Dan Deacon Store

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  • Audio CD (March 24, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0020H45I4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Editorial Reviews

2009 release from the Electronica artist. Fusing the growing intensity of his live performances with his background in Electro-acoustic composition, the result is a collection of pieces that are intense and epic, and at the same time, down to earth and welcoming. Unlike the completely electronic Spiderman Of The Rings, the instrumentation on Bromst is a mixture of acoustic and mechanical instruments, samples, and electronics. The intricate and complex parts are woven together into a rich, dense, and noisy Dance Pop that has become Deacon's signature sound.

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It gets better with every listen.
schmooty
Beneath layered keyboards, drum loops, and distorted vocals, the sound fits perfectly into the piece.
J.P.D.
The album is altogether something that sounds--- new!!
xopher

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D on July 7, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I think I've found the soundtrack to my summer. I hardly listen to any music that ventures this far into electronica, but I might if more of it were this well composed. It's not a perfectly consistent album though - "Surprise Stefani" and "Get Older" don't do much for me, and "Baltihorse" would be much better with a big anthemic group vocal, or even as a purely instrumental song...anything but those "chipmunk" vocals!

But at its best (Build Voice, Wet Wings, Woof Woof, Slow with Horns), it's nearly as brilliant as any of the music I love. In fact, in its finest moments, I'm reminded of one of my favorite bands, Sigur Ros. Not in style, obviously, but in the grandeur and complexity of the music.

Maybe not quite a classic, but still a really, really great album to listen to in the car on a bright summer day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By xopher on January 27, 2010
Format: Audio CD
An album which has a way of making you want more- even with the somewhat intense, long lasting layers upon layers of busyness, that paints a J. Pollock on almost every track. You may find it hard to listen to all of the way through, but once you do, it changes from busy to beautiful. I associate some parts of Deacon's album with a reminiscence of kraut styled lengthiness and repetitive beats/noises. Keeping that in mind, Bromst is way more advanced; though the elements are indeed sometimes there. The album is altogether something that sounds--- new!! ...very interesting. very unique. and all without losing replay value. Terrific album by Dan Deacon.

Listen to a sample before purchasing. It can be a bit much for someone who is only slightly into borderline obscure organized chaos. ...and oh yeah, I've heard the live shows are interactive and extraordinarily fun. bonus!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gregory William Locke on January 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD
There's a scene in director Alfonso Cuaron's 2006 sci-fi thriller, Children of Men, where music plays a key role in the film's secondary agenda - forecasting the future. Foul blasts of broken robot noise spill from the screen as actor Michael Caine dances a jig we've never seen. It's a noble effort by Cuaron, Caine and whoever programmed up the awful sounds, but let's leave the musical predictions to the musicians. Dan Deacon's second album to see major distribution, Bromst, whether it means to or not, does a better job at predicting the future of pop music.

Beginning with a hushed ambiance that slowly builds into what functions as an introduction, Bromst gives the listener a final moment of peace before the aptly-titled opener, "Build Voice," really revs up. An arrangement of vocal loops, piano, digital beats, horns and rolling keyboards create a song that feels more like a rethinking of classical composition than it does electro-pop. No real strings being stroked with bows; plenty of programming and loops. The song, like most of Deacon's material, would fit well if played between cuts from LCD Soundsystem and the Animal Collective - good company. The general vibe here is electronic pop, though maybe the most anything-goes version of said genre you'll find in the U.S. It's a somewhat brutal sound, just as the music in Children of Men was.

While 2007's Spiderman of the Rings, Deacon's first major release, was maybe a tad too silly to be taken as the grand artistic statement it was so often written up to be, Bromst settles back a bit, expanding on Spiderman's style while tightening the screws. Each song, including the record's shortest composition - the three-minute "Wet Wings" - here feels epic, almost exhausting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gilbert on January 1, 2010
Format: Audio CD
A friend of mine gave me a copy of this album for christmas and I have been unable to pull it out of my rotation. Deacon blends electronic beats with trippy, vaguely indie-flavored vocal samples and what sounds like small toy pianos for children and comes up with something infectiously listenable, if that makes any sense. I had no idea what to expect when I first listened to the album, and it remains fresh even after repeated listens due to the varied sonic textures of the songs.

There are a couple of curious choices that dull the album enough to knock off a star, including odd chipmunk vocals and one track that totally flops for me: Wet Wings. I get what he was going for with the repeated vocal being mashed over itself over and over, but frankly, it sounds like something that belongs on a noise album and is out of place here. If he'd put in any sort of backing track, or really added anything actively musical into the track, it would probably have been much better.

All said, an excellent album and well worth listening if you're into indie or electronic music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Gentle on January 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Bromst is my first exposure to Dan. I've attended several shows over the past couple years, but have either been a bit too inebriated or too busy dancing to place any attention elsewhere. To be honest I did not expect to love this album. Upon first listen the initial hybrid I instinctively conjured was of Japanther and Polyphonic Spree. There is an element that aims to forcibly re-affirm your place in the world, but not in a lets all hold hands and lay in the flowers kind of way. Dan does it his way and he does it well. Songs are extremely well composed and from the beginning of each track you feel as though it will evolve into something incredible (and you can rarely guess how).
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