Dan Deacon: Woof Woof EP

[10 May 2010]

By Thomas Britt

“Woof Woof” was one of Bromst‘s more direct sonic links to Dan Deacon’s previous LP, Spiderman of the Rings. Now featured on a limited edition EP, “Woof Woof” and two other Bromst tracks find new life through adventurous reworkings. Luke Abbott’s remix of “Surprise Stefani” dials down the original song’s vocal manipulations and varies the rhythm, unearthing a playfulness that was not fully evident in the original mix. While “Build Voice” formerly defined itself literally as an initially quiet then steadily intensifying anthem, the allez-allez remix is ready for the floor from the beginning. Undulating with familiar dance music textures, this “Build Voice” also differs from the LP version by bringing Deacon’s lead vocal to the foreground.

The biggest departure here is Hudson Mohawke’s remix of the title track. Throughout the remix, a series of drum and percussion flourishes recall the live instrumentation and participatory spirit of the ensemble tours Deacon embarked upon to promote Bromst. Although it is doubtful that Deacon will follow through on his plan to release Bronst, a companion album to Bromst, the alternative versions on the filler-free Woof Woof EP more than suffice.

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