Mystic Familiar

Dan Deacon - Mystic Familiar
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2020 Ratings: #295 / 498
User Score
Based on 538 ratings
2020 Ratings: #128
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January 31, 2020 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Young Folks

Each song leads beautifully to the next and Deacon clearly built the album with a cohesive experience in mind. Like a digital-infused sunrise, it is beautiful with every rotation.

85
Under The Radar

The best thing about Mystic Familiar is how the beautiful composition of the music reinforces the power of the lyrics' message.

80
Loud and Quiet

Moods shift significantly throughout Mystic Familiar, but the themes are constant. Dan Deacon has let us into his mind for the first time and it has only compounded his mystique.

80
The Skinny

Dan Deacon maintains his constant look towards salvation and joy and retains an almost incomparable gift for conjuring them in a listener.

80
Exclaim!

For fans that saw the culmination of his artistic prowess in Gliss Riffer, Mystic Familiar will fulfill many of the same needs, but with even greater balance in execution.

80
musicOMH

Breezy pop structures are undercut by experimental sound design, a playful spirit buoying up the record throughout.

80
DIY

It’s beautiful, mad and disturbing in equal measure. Like the real world, but better.

80
Dork

As playful, exciting, transcendent and thought-provoking as anything prior, but with a lot more openness, it feels like a wonderful new evolution for a restless artist.

80
AllMusic

Like much of his work since 2009's astounding Bromst, the arrangements are driving and full of excitement, but not quite in the same manic sugar-rush way as Spiderman of the Rings.

80
NME

‘Mystic Familiar’ is Deacon’s most kaleidoscopic work yet – it often feels like spinning through an LSD-enhanced wonderland – but also his most human record.

80
The Needle Drop

Dan Deacon hones his trademark fusion of electro-psychedelia and post-minimalism on Mystic Familiar.

70
PopMatters

Mystic Familiar keeps Dan Deacon's signature musical appeal while utilizing a few new tools. The album delivers on the camaraderie and musicianship you expect from the Baltimore producer.

70
Clash

Dan Deacon’s return into the solo world has resulted in an exuberant fifth album that leaves us craving for more of his newly honed skills.

70
Uncut

It's the way Mystic Familiar sounds, though, that's most striking: take the closing "Bumble Bee Crown King", its intricate digital patterns imagining a Legend of Zelda game scored by Steve Reich.

64
Pitchfork

For all of his newfound nuance as a film composer, some of the nagging aspects of Deacon’s previous efforts drag Mystic Familiar down.

60
Spectrum Culture

Mystic Familiar doesn’t usurp America or Bromst as Deacon’s most accomplished or intriguing work, but it is his most captivating project since that time and the most personal album he has ever made.

50
Crack Magazine

In spite of bright spots ... this inability to relinquish control and lean into a disconnected state yields frustrating results.

WhatTheFunk
74
Transcendence now.

Furious on record and even crazier on stage, the American Dan Deacon returns with a somptuous and meditative album of placid reveries and rainbow melodies, "Mystic Familiar", his most personal work to date.

I've been listening to a lot of Deacon's albums over the past few years. Pop and electro, acidic and crazy, joyful and schizophrenic, messy but beautiful, radical and free. I loved his songs as fast as a mosquito on speed, from his twisted and screamed hits to ... read more
BuffaloStaple
75
This sounds like blasting thru the cloud cuckoo shit from lego movie @ light speed I likeit
Doublez
78
Mystic Familiar proves once again the overflowing imagination that Dan Deacon possesses but also his ability to weave and tune all his ideas and follies through coherent compositions into fresh and invigorating indietronica music.

This is not the best album the Baltimore composer could offer us, but after 5 years of absence, he came back with a solid and exciting work. Mystic Familiar starts off very well and really gets to the heart of the matter with the 4 parts that form a story through a ... read more
amygoodall
85
this record basically makes me feel like i'm escaping into the depths of the amazon rainforest and letting everything I love in the world & every single thing I've done that I'm proud of wash over me
RakkSmells
86
Ah shit, it's ascending time.

Encased in psychedelic and grandiose electronic production, Dan Deacon essentially creates an adventure of an album that at times, feels like riding on a roller coaster when high on LSD. The compositions are just incredible, the soundscapes are large and the album as a whole is really cohesive. His style is very messy and all over the place but somehow he makes that work in pretty much every track. It's truly an experience.

Also, y'all are sleeping on the Arp ... read more
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Track List

  1. Become a Mountain
  2. Hypnagogic
  3. Sat by a Tree
  4. Arp I: Wide Eyed
  5. Arp II: Float Away
  6. Arp III: Far from Shore
  7. Arp IV: Any Moment
  8. Weeping Birch
  9. Fell into the Ocean
  10. My Friend
  11. Bumble Bee Crown King
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