Dan Deacon @ The Crocodile
Irresistible, absurdist soundscapes 💫
Published May 14, 2023
Sunday, May 21st • 7 pm
In 2019, I caught Dan Deacon’s set in a large Shriners Hall during Boise’s Treefort Festival. Surrounded by the venue’s desert-scape murals, Deacon got the crowd to create a dance circle where various attendees (including a cowboy with an impressive shuffling technique) took to the center to show off their moves as “Change Your Life (You Can Do It)” rose in the background. There was an amazing energy to the room as the song swelled and people moved quickly in and out of the circle—it was definitely one of the more memorable shows I’ve been to.
Deacon combines a synthy experimental sound with a love for pop culture that make for irresistibly catchy, absurdist soundscapes. While there’s a certain complexity to his music, he seemingly doesn’t take himself too seriously. His catalog spans from glittery yet sharp songs like “Feel the Lightning,” to more ethereal, contemplative ones like “Fell Into the Ocean,” which is off his most recent album, 2020’s Mystic Familiar. Of course, one of the big things Deacon is known for is his energetic, interactive live shows (where you may end up in the middle of a dance circle).
While you wait for Deacon to take the stage, be sure to catch Seattle’s own, Juliette, a bass-wielding one-man band, who also had a notably fun, dance party set before The National played at Day In, Day Out fest last year.
📸: Courtesy Dan Deacon