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Spiderman of the Rings

  • 1. Woody Woodpecker
    2. Crystal Cat, The
    3. Wham City
    4. Big Milk
    5. Okie Dokie
    6. Trippy Green Skull
    7. Snake Mistakes
    8. Pink Batman
    9. Jimmy Joe Roche
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 37

  • Credits

    Personnel: Adam Endres, Ed Schrader, Connor Kizer, Dina Kelberman (vocals).
    As many concertgoers would attest, electronic music is not particularly visually engaging, at least as live music experiences go. Dan Deacon seeks to upend the high-minded seriousness of the avant-garde and inject a fair amount of goofiness and absurdist fun into his 21st-century version of the one-man band. Armed with dime-store toy keyboards, vocoders, and other circuit-riddled oddities, Deacon coaxes strange blips and squeals while happily singing along in a slightly demented fashion. SPIDERMAN OF THE RINGS alternates between childlike whimsy and thrashing, hypnotic synth jams, like the Suicide-on-helium number "The Crystal Cat." Breaking with the staid, highbrow pretensions of much experimental music, SPIDERMAN OF THE RINGS is a rollicking diversion into its lighter side.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.92) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "This one-man A/V club party makes low-budget electronic pop that's as bizarre as it is uproarious."
    Uncut (p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[P]retty fun...mainly because Deacon eases off the zaniness and hurtles through a number of manically uplifting hypermelodic chip-tune anthems..."
    Uncut (p.90) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Dan Deacon has mixed up a background in avant electro-acoustics with a delight in gabba repetition and goofy textures, to produce a delirious psychedelic confit."
    Q (Magazine) (p.115) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he 12-minute 'Wham City,' an odyssey into sweeping ecclesiastical harmonies and driven electro strangeness, perhaps best captures his oeuvre."
    Clash (magazine) (p.107) - "[H]e mixes his compositions with quirky electronic pop. Humorous monologues, sped-up vocal samples and film sequences gurgle as he bashes the life out of his laptop. Throughout, Deacon is pushing sound to the limits..."
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