Dan Deacon, composer and performer, returns with his new studio album, Mystic Familiar.
Following 2015’s Gliss Riffer, Dan embarked on a whirlwind of collaborative projects, scoring eight films, including Rat Film and Time Trial; collaborating with choreographer Justin Peck on dance piece The Times Are Racing; producing and co-writing with Ed Schrader’s Music Beat; and performing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. While fulfilling, these projects all lacked one instrument: Dan’s voice.
During this time, solo writing became his personal oasis, taking on an exploratory new direction informed by his newly adopted therapeutic practices of self-compassion and mindfulness, daily prompts from Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies, and meditation to access an inner well of creativity as discussed by David Lynch in Catching the Big Fish.
The result is Mystic Familiar, 11 kaleidoscopic tracks of majestic synth-pop, and Dan Deacon’s first record in which each song is built around a single thematic throughline. The titular character, 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.
These are songs that wield the profundity of a philosopher and the absurdity of a court jester, painting life as a psychedelic journey brimming with bliss and disruption, darkness and light. At once Dan’s most emotionally open record and his most transcendent, Mystic Familiar goes far beyond where his music has traveled before.