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Dan Deacon is an outstanding composer. He is also a goddamned instigator. So while he made his Carnegie Hall debut this year, a few weeks later he was getting 10,000 people to do crazy dances at a massive Occupy Wall Street rally in Union Square. Deacon has always made trailblazing music that moves people to do things they wouldn't normally do. But on his new album, America, he takes that idea a giant step further. "I hope the people who take the time to listen to these songs enjoy them," says Deacon, "but I hope that anyone looking for anything beyond that can find inspiration to change the world for the better."
There's some alchemy going on here. Yes, the lyrics are full of bleak, even apocalyptic imagery, but the music is keenly hopeful, with beats that make you want to dance, teeming major keys that lift the spirit, and Deacon's voice hollering defiantly from the depths of his own joyous cacophony. Eclipsing its own despair, the music simulates the rush of being involved in something bigger and better than yourself.
Dan Deacon shows are renowned for the spectacle of hundreds, even thousands, of jubilant people doing coordinated movement, whether it's vast, swirling circles, long, snaking lines or just over-the-top dance contests. It's a sight to behold, but it's even more amazing to participate. And for Deacon, what is ostensibly just "fun" started to take on a profound dimension, of people uniting and claiming physical space in an ecstatic act of empowerment. He saw a metaphor in there, a connection with revolutionary movements like the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street. America is the soundtrack of that realization — like James Brown once said, "Get up! Get into it! Get involved!"Height With FriendsI've been recording and performing as Height since 1998. I added the 'with friends' in 2008 and made it more of a band, and less like a rapper with an anonymous crew. The cast is constantly revolving. At the moment, we are performing as a five-piece band with live instruments.
We've released thirteen albums and EP's. Wham City, Friends, Grand Man, Dogg Pony, Aural States and Snowghost Records have all put out our music.
We've played over 500 shows in the US, Canada and Europe. We have toured with Future Islands, Dan Deacon, Beach House, Jana Hunter, Grand Buffet, Adventure, Cex, The Death Set, and Oxes as well as many equally good, but yet lesser known acts.
We tend to keep all the writing and production in-house, but we've also been fortunate to collaborate with artists like Tobacco and Wye Oak.
The music of Height has changed drastically over the years, and it will continue to evolve. The goal is always to make understated, moving music from the heart. We are currently putting the finishing touches on a new full length, due out this summer.Chester Endersby GwazdaI'm a freelance producer/engineer living in Baltimore.
Shroud is my own music, and I'm very excited to be sharing it with people!
Here's a short selection of projects I've produced:
Dan Deacon "Bromst"
Future Islands "On the Water"
Cloud Nothings "Cloud Nothings"
Ecstatic Sunshine "Way"
Air Waves "Air Waves EP"
Future Islands "In Evening Air"
Lonnie Walker "These Times Old Times"
Junk Culture "Hang Roxy" (mixed)
Ed Schrader's Music Beat "Jazz Mind" (mixed)
New Dan Deacon LP, out fall 2012!
Also, I play synth in Nuclear Power Pants and the Dan Deacon Ensemble.
Thank you very very much for listening!Alan ResnickAlan Resnick is a visual artist obsessed with his own face. Since 2009 he has been working towards the creation of a lifelike digital backup. This avatar is being designed to fill the role of Alan to family and friends in the event of his death. Alan has also gives"neat" lectures about the importance of digitizing the self and DIY virtual reality technology. After receiving his BFA from SUNY Purchase he started collaborating with the Wham City collective. He exaggerates his own self worth or importance, often in an overbearing manner.
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