Dan Deacon - Woof Woof - Singles - Reviews - Soundblab

Dan Deacon - Woof Woof

In this post-Nathan Barley epoch where it is acceptable, nay, cool even, for producers to rehash 8-bit gameboy refrains into glitchy techo nonsense, Dan Deacon will surely be hailed a genius. Everybody else existing outside this uber-hip bubble - ie, anywhere beyond Shoreditch - will struggle to vibe with his noisy, cartoony and downright irritating snatch of deranged weird-pop that is 'Woof Woof'.

The title of the EP, one assumes, is taken from the infuriating sample of what sounds like the persistent yelps of a demented tamagotchi. Dumped into the helter-skelter mix is a woozily ascending bass chop, a hypnotic Farfisa organ run, and a gaggle of children whose voices have been stretched and manipulated to a dog-bothering high-pitched state of delirium. Together, it makes like the most bastardised episode of Sesame Street mixed by, well, Dan Deacon. All the while, there are no beats as such, nothing to even get your bonce nodding. Just the tumbling of tom-toms and bass drum beats, as solid and resonant as cardboard boxes.

The EP's duration contains much of the same: head-spinning loops, wildly pitched up vocals and dislocated beeps and cheeps that whirl around like a starry headache. The Guardian have described Deacon as the "….Salvador Dali of electro." Which is criminally unfair on Dali. This release will drive you barking mad.

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Fully agree. I can't stand Dan Deacon. Why write good pop tunes when you can just make bleepy electro-nonsense and people will hail you as a genius?

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I thought 'Bromst' from last year was pretty good. This is just more of the same though.

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