Dan Deacon

Watch/Listen - “Redlining” From Dan Deacon Rat Film Score

Oct 04, 2017

The release of Dan Deacon's original soundtrack to the provocative essay-film Rat Film marks the first full recorded document of his explorations in scoring. He is sharing the first single “Redlining” from the forthcoming album, along with accompanying sky view virtual imagery of his hometown of Baltimore, how it might look after the great vanishing. Check it out.

On Rat Film:

Much as Theo Anthony’s film uses rat infestation in Baltimore, the city both he and Deacon call home, as a starting point from which to probe deeply entangled issues of race and class, Deacon’s bold and beautiful score, takes the listener on an exploratory sensory trip through the city streets.

For the soundtrack, made in close collaboration with director Theo Anthony as he built and refined the film’s edit, Deacon drew inspiration from recent scores such as Mica Levi’s Under the Skin and Mark Korven’s The Witch, as well as Philip Glass’ raw early work North Star. To accompany the announcement, watch the “Making of the Score” feature that highlights music from the soundtrack and features Deacon discussing how his use of rats contributed to the making of the score HERE.

Rat Film marks Deacon’s first full record devoted to modern composition. In between his four ecstatic electronic-pop albums, Deacon has frequently flexed the 21st-century classical muscles he first developed studying at SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Music. He’s provided soundtracks for film and stage giants ranging from Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt to New York City Ballet’s presentation of Justin Peck’s “The Times Are Racing.” Deacon’s array of compositional commissions includes pieces with Kronos Quartet at Lincoln Center, Sigur Rós at the L.A. Philharmonic, and So Percussion at the Barbican Centre.



Rat Film (
Original Soundtrack) tracklisting:
1. Redlining (stream)
2. Horn Phase
3. Pelican
5. Harold
6. Reed Clouds
7. Seagull
8. Calhoun
9. Rat Poison
10. Video Game
11. Harold’s Lament
12. Map Overlays

Dan Deacon Tour Dates
10.07 - Edmonton, AB - Up + Downtown Music Festival (tickets
10.14 - Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon (Rat Film Soundtrack Release Party - Dan Deacon DJ Set) (tickets)
10.21 - Petaluma, CA - Lagunitas Beer Circus
11.04 - Pomona, CA - Lagunitas Beer Circus
11.09 - Providence, RI - AS220 (tickets)
11.10 - Somerville, MA - Hassle Fest 9 (tickets
11.11 - Holyoke, MA - Gateway City Arts (tickets
11.12 - Portland, ME - SPACE Gallery (tickets
 12.27-12.30 - Reykjavik, IS - Nordur og nidur