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Mystic Familiar
Artist
Dan Deacon
ReleaseProduct
Mystic Familiar
Label
Domino Recording Co
Catalogue Number
WIG419D
Release Date
January 2020
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With Mystic Familiar, Dan gives us the result of years of obsessive work, play, and self-discovery. It’s at once his most emotionally open record and his most transcendent, 11 kaleidoscopic tracks of majestic synth-pop that exponentially expand his sound with unfettered imagination and newfound vulnerability.

Since 2015’s Gliss Riffer, Deacon has branched out into an array of collaborative projects including film scores to Rat Film, HBO’s Well Groomed, ESPN’s 30 for 30: Subject to Review; collaborating with the NYCBallet’s resident choreographer Justin Peck, LAPhil and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

While fulfilling, these projects lacked Dan’s singing voice. In the midst of that whirlwind of activity, he returned whenever he could to a personal oasis⁠—the songs that would become Mystic Familiar, informed by all these collaborations but built from within. Deacon’s writing took an exploratory new direction developed with therapeutic practices of self-compassion and mindfulness, daily prompts from Brian Eno’s deck of Oblique Strategies and the use of meditation. These techniques produced songs that paint life as a psychedelic journey brimming with bliss and disruption, darkness and light.

It’s a vulnerable shift in a songbook abundant with characters, metaphors, and modulations. This voice-focused album is also the first record in which each song was built around one central concept—the Mystic Familiar, a supernatural other being that we carry with us everywhere in our head, which only we can hear and with whom we live our lives in eternal conversation.

Mystic Familiar takes a propulsive leap with the robot-performed drums and soaring melodies of “Sat By a Tree.” Lyrically, the song conjures campfire reflections on key memories with the hard-won clarity of time, a dialogue with an anthropomorphic tree on chilling out, and befores and afters of life and death. The video, directed by Daren Rabinovitch of film and animation studio Encyclopedia Pictura and starring comedian Aparna Nancherla, uses natural world elements, vivid colors, and a cartoon-like aesthetic to reflect on time and the precious shortness of life (not for those with an aversion to bugs).

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Digital Track List

  1. 1 Become a Mountain Dan Deacon 4:05
  2. 2 Hypnagogic Dan Deacon 1:33
  3. 3 Sat By A Tree Dan Deacon 4:26
  4. 4 Arp I: Wide Eyed Dan Deacon 2:07
  5. 5 Arp II: Float Away Dan Deacon 3:42
  6. 6 Arp III: Far From Shore Dan Deacon 4:35
  7. 7 Arp IV: Any Moment Dan Deacon 1:41
  8. 8 Weeping Birch Dan Deacon 4:22
  9. 9 Fell Into the Ocean Dan Deacon 4:31
  10. 10 My Friend Dan Deacon 5:14
  11. 11 Bumble Bee Crown King Dan Deacon 7:23

Dan Deacon

Domino Recording Co

Alternative and Indie

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