Wacky, quirky, eccentric, absurd. Use whatever word you like to describe Dan Deacon, but know it is not the be-all, end-all of his being. The solo performer built a reputation making tongue-in-cheek electro pop and treating his shows like enormous games of Simon Says. With 2009's Bromst, Deacon derailed suspicion that he might be a novelty act by spotlighting the intricacies that previously hid under the surface of even his jokiest songs. The pattern continues on America, his most serious, artistic record yet, capped off by a four-art suite that sounds like Philip Glass programming a J-pop album in Fruity Loops.
Worry Not: Even at his most mature, Dan Deacon is still a hell of a lot of fun. His Firebird show with a band billed as the "Dan Deacon Ensemble" is certain to be a spectacle.