Dan Deacon, Bromst (Carpark)

An album of manic Nintendo marching-band music coupled with nuance and restraint? What the...? Yeah, it's weird, but Bromst just works.

Refined party jams from crowd-surfing compose
“Been around this road so many times / feel like its skin is part of mine”: This refrain, from the track “Snookered,” shows that even live-wired sing-a-long leader and musician Dan Deacon gets weary. His three-pronged circus of homemade electronics has circled the country numerous times in recent years, so those sentiments are understandable. Bromst is an expansion upon the dayglow music Deacon has road-tested to death: endless sugary pop highs force-fed by DIY electronics. Although much of the guilty pleasures and incessant energy remain—think manic Nintendo marching-band music—Deacon''s new work is more restrained and nuanced, with bigger presence, slower builds and richer acoustic percussion. “Surprise Stefani” matures into a flinty motorik rhythm, slowly pulsing with subtle, rolling hand drums. “Wet Wings” blends the raw cries of female folk singers into a warbling, Steve Reich–like chorus. Like the choral pulse in “Build Voice” and the piano in “Slow With Horns/Run for Your Life,” it''s one of the composition major''s many minimalist touches, proving there''s more going on beneath Deacon''s keyboard-fueled freak-outs. Hopefully, he develops these concepts and cuts out the chipmunk vocals. [3.5 out of 5 stars]