Dan Deacon releases mountainous new single

Dan Deacon releases mountainous new single, Wustoo

Dan Deacon has released new single ‘Become A Mountain’. The track is taken from his new album ‘Mystic Familiar’, which is set for release through Domino on 31 Jan.

“During the four years over which I composed the songs that became ‘Mystic Familiar’, I began going to therapy and started a meditation practice”, says Deacon. “I felt raw and vulnerable while making this album, and I wanted the music to reflect that”.

“Like many people who’ve been in a dark mindset for a long time, self-compassion and non-judgmental thinking were a real challenge for me, entirely new habits that needed to be learned basically from scratch”, he goes on.

“When I would try to embrace having positive thoughts”, he adds, “they didn’t feel like my own, but rather another entity’s thoughts trying to speak to me. While writing, I began thinking of these thoughts as a ‘Mystic Familiar’ – my own personal supernatural companion – trying to communicate with me. Externalising the thoughts made them easier to fully realise and reflect upon”.

Of the new single, he says: “The lyrics in ‘Become A Mountain’ lay out the framework for the album’s overall concept: a narrator and their Mystic Familiar. Our narrator, in the opening verse and choruses, is trying to learn how to be self-compassionate, to live a life in the present while being able to deal with self-doubt and anxiety in a lifetime of great flux and foundational transformations”.

“Meanwhile, our Mystic Familiar, in verse two and the pre-choruses, tries to help guide the transformations of our narrator through mantras coaxing me to be present in the now, even while also being an element of chaos itself”.

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Watch the video for ‘Become A Mountain’ here:

Deacon will also be touring from the end of the month:

31 Jan: Dublin, Grand Social
1 Feb: Glasgow, Classic Grand
4 Feb: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
6 Feb: London, Scala


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