Dan Friel – “Thumper”
Dan Friel’s upcoming LP, Total Folklore (out February 19th on Thrill Jockey), is a glorious mind trip that could soundtrack a mental breakdown…in a good way. His combination of gristly imposing rhythms with anthemic synths speak to an epic urban outburst that breathes cinematic action turned to frenzy. Much of the LP is a walk through a dense metropolis—knocking over residents, pushing over street vendors, tossing trashcans into the street, running from police, dodging into underground dwellings full of unruly nocturnals, and fighting to break free from their grasps. While the album is a beautiful energetic struggle, pulling and ripping at your ears, “Thumper” is the moment you break free out of the darkness. You push into the daylight with the sun just rising. The synth melodies speak to an optimism for the next day, while the distorted drums are a reminder that the craziness is still on your heels.
As an awesome bonus when you pre-order the album you will be entered in a contest to win a custom “Thumper” music box that Dan Friel made himself. It plays the “Thumper” melody in a continuous loop. Look at it in action below: