21. Dan Deacon – America
If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I wonder what a Tom Petty album would sound like if Tom Petty were a contemporary of Animal Collective?”, well, think that to yourself no longer. You’ve found it! Dan Deacon, using songs that are in turn noisy, glitchy, tribal, marching, building, slick, and chaotic, tries to say something about this nation of natural beauty. The album is mostly instrumental, so the conceptual ties are mostly ambiguous. But there’s something about the instrumentation that seems classic, in a strange way. It’s the way these songs are tight – under 5 minutes, for the most part. It’s the way that they sound distantly like the tracking music for a nature documentary…that someone is watching in the apartment above you as you are listening to a post-rock album while trying to connect to the internet via a dialup modem. This album is a quick listen, fast-paced as an album even though every song feels like it has ample time to breathe and naturally find itself. This is pretty invigorating stuff.
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