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Studio album by Dan Deacon
ReleasedMarch 24, 2009[1]
GenreElectronic, psychedelic, experimental, noise pop[2]
Dan Deacon chronology
Spiderman of the Rings
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubA[4]
Pitchfork Media(8.5/10)[5]
Under the Radar (magazine)8/10 stars[6]

Bromst is the fifth studio album by the American electronic musician Dan Deacon. It was released on March 24, 2009.


According to Deacon: "Spiderman of the Rings was very carefree and youthful – sort of partying for the sake of partying. This record is less about a party and more about a celebration." In an interview broadcast on NPR's Talk of the Nation on April 22, 2009, Deacon stated that the word 'Bromst' had no meaning other than being the title of the album.

In an interview with The A.V. Club, Deacon discusses the composition and lyrical content of the album: "The music itself is very much about cycles, time, and what happens after life, becoming a ghost and stuff like that… The lyrical content is about the future. I think there is going to be a large paradigm shift in a few years, and it could either be to a new age of enlightenment and unity... or it could be a return to a dark age of kings and mass, open oppression followed by a die-off of human culture." [7]

Recording process[edit]

While many of the sounds in Bromst are computer generated, much of it was recorded using live instruments. The album was produced by Chester Gwazda and tracked mainly in Baltimore and was mixed at SnowGhost Studio in Whitefish, Montana.

For a few of the tracks on Bromst, Deacon uses a player piano. The piano had to be re-wired so that each line was tracked individually, so the piano could keep up with what Deacon composed, which engineer Brett Allen claims to be impossibly fast to play on one piano.


On December 11, 2008, Deacon performed many of the songs from Bromst with an ensemble of live performers at the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn, New York. The lineup of the ensemble was:[8]


Synthesizers, keyboards, and electronics:


Deacon embarked on a North American tour in the spring of 2009 where he performed with a 14-piece band, similar to the one above.[citation needed]


Reception Nitsuh Abebe of Pitchfork praised the album, awarding it with Best New Music. Comparing the album to Deacon’s Spiderman of the Rings, Abebe writes of Bromst: "The palette is richer, the samples smoother, the space larger, the programming slightly less buzzy."[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Build Voice" – 5:28
  2. "Red F" – 4:38
  3. "Paddling Ghost" – 4:05
  4. "Snookered" – 8:04
  5. "Of the Mountains" – 7:16
  6. "Surprise Stefani" – 7:46
  7. "Wet Wings" – 2:53
  8. "Woof Woof" – 4:44
  9. "Slow With Horns / Run for Your Life" – 6:35
  10. "Baltihorse" – 6:21
  11. "Get Older" – 6:30
  12. "Kalimidiba (iTunes Bonus Track) – 2:40


  • Dan Deacon – electronics, vocals, trombone, drums
  • Chester Gwazda – Keyboards
  • Kevin O'Meara – Mallets, Drums
  • Rich O'Meara – Mallets
  • Jeremy Hyman – Drums
  • Andy Abelow – Alto Saxophone
  • Connor Kizer – Trumpet
  • Matt Papiach – Guitar
  • Jana Hunter – Vocals on "Wet Wings" [10]


  1. ^ "Carpark Records". Carpark Records. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Bush, John (March 24, 2009). "Allmusic review". Retrieved June 17, 2012.
  3. ^ "Bromst by Dan Deacon". Metacritic. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  4. ^ Martins, Chris (March 24, 2009). "The A.V. Club review". Retrieved June 17, 2012.
  5. ^ "Pitchfork Media review". March 18, 2009. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
  6. ^ Bullock, Paul. "Under the Radar (magazine) review". Retrieved June 17, 2012.
  7. ^ "Dan Deacon". AV Club. 2009-04-15.
  8. ^ "Dan Deacon Website as of 9.10.2010". Archived from the original on August 29, 2012. Retrieved October 5, 2010.
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  10. ^ "Pitchfork Media – "Dan Deacon Spills the Beans About New Album"". February 24, 2009. Archived from the original on February 24, 2009. Retrieved June 17, 2012.