Released on February 24, 2015
Vinyl includes MP3 download card
Domino is proud to announce Gliss Riffer, the new album from Dan Deacon.
Gliss Riffer marks new territory for Deacon who, following up on the release of his large
ensemble-based recordings - 2009’s Bromst and 2012’s America - decided to return to
a simpler way of writing and recording, similar to that of 2007’s Spiderman of the Rings,
which resulted in this self-produced album.
Despite being predominately electronic, Gliss Riffer’s sonic palette is informed by his
post-Spiderman of the Rings material. The Disklavier, a MIDI-fed player piano first heard
on Bromst, is present here. Cross-rhythms suggestive of America’s orchestral songs
and Deacon’s art music work (including a Carnegie Hall performance and film score for
Francis Ford Coppola) are also in evidence. While Gliss Riffer contains all the instrumental
layering we’ve come to expect, the vocals are mixed with a prominence (“Feel the
Lightning,” “Learning to Relax”) and, at times, a clarity (“When I Was Done Dying”) that
have never been heard on a Dan Deacon record before.
Gliss Riffer trades in exuberant, uncontained fun that is tempered by lyrics that yearn
and are set in defiance of life’s nagging anxiety. The bliss on this record is well-earned.