Dan Deacon is well known for putting on an unforgettable live show. Generally involving setting up his equipment on a table in the middle of the crowd and playing there, having warm up routines of stretching for the crowd, playing gigs anywhere remotely possible, alleyways, car parks, abandoned buildings etc. A major theme in his work is to bring people together and he certainly encapsulates that in his shows.
His background in electro - acoustic composition is fused together with the intensity and energy of his live performances so well on this album that I feel like I've just downed a packet of Pro Plus after listening to it.
"Much of Bromst is a story about becoming a ghost, cycles of the earth, mountains, getting older, change, nonlinear time, bees, global conspiracy/oppression of the spirit,2012, and a psychadelic realm that coexists amongst our material plain," Explains Dan. Sooooooo.....
The amount of different sounds going on in any one track is enough to make Battles sound stripped down. Equipment and effects built up on top of a vast array of other random instruments such as a Glockenspiel, Marimba, Vibraphone, Live Drums, winds and brass give this album so much depth. Every time I listen to it I find something new and intriguing about it. It's intense and intricately executed and is so much fun to listen to. I have to see this man live.
Check track eleven 'Get Older.' Not only does it encapsulate the many messages Deacon wants to give but it's one of the best tracks on the album.