Dan Deacon is one of those artists who doesn’t really fit into any scenes, genres, ideas – anything. You can try, but there’s really no boxes to put him in that will stick, because he’s just going to be doing his own thing. It’s a little bit of noise, some electronica, an ear for pop and a cult-creating live show. It’s a great thing to have someone out there that is so unconcerned and markedly individualistic, because it leads to albums like this one.
I’ve only listened through it once, but the prospect of having an album mostly made up of a four-part composition celebrating America from an artist who actually might be able to do something with that high of a concept is exciting. “USA i: Is A Monster” alone makes the whole project worth checking out, and NPR has the stream.