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 has 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 may contain all the instrumental layering we’ve come to expect, this album also marks a newfound appreciation for Deacon’s own vocals, as evidenced on the lead track ‘Feel the Lightning.’ Yes, the female voice is Deacon too.
Watch the Andrew Jeffrey Wright of All Ages Production-directed video for ‘Feel The Lightning’ BELOW
What Gliss Riffer shares with Spiderman of the Rings as a musical experience is a direct and ecstatic energy. 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.
Gliss Riffer will be available on CD, LP, and digitally. A special pre-order is available now through Domino that includes a limited edition red color vinyl (limited to 777) and a limited edition 12” inflatable hand that features the Gliss Riffer hand from the album cover. Order it now from Domino or digitally from iTunes and receive an instant download of ‘Feel the Lightning’.
After spending this past year supporting Arcade Fire on their North American headlining arena tour, Deacon has announced a string of headlining shows in support of the forthcoming album including a date at London’s Islington Assembly Hall. All dates are below.
DAN DEACON TOUR DATES
Dec 11 – San Francisco, CA – The Exploratorium (sold out)
Jan 18 – Hobart, TAS – Mona Foma Festival
Jan 22 – Sydney, AUS – The Aurora
Jan 24 – Melbourne, AUS – Sugar Mountain Festival
Jan 25 – Brisbane, AUS – The Brightside
Feb 16 – London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
Feb 18 – Paris, FR – Le Divan Du Monde
Feb 19 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso Noord
Feb 20 – Berlin, DE – Schwuz
Feb 25 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Feb 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
Feb 28 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel (Noise Pop)
Gliss Riffer Tracklisting
1. Feel the Lightning
2. Sheathed Wings
3. When I Was Done Dying
4. Meme Generator
5. Mind On Fire
6. Learning to Relax
7. Take it to the Max
8. Steely Blues