With an album name like "The Chilled Insane", you have to be curious as to what kind of album it really is when coming from Deacon. Well, you could say it is a circus all the way through to the very last chord. Deacon aka Ryan Winkle decided to make an eclectic ride venturing through a million styles, blending to make the sound known as "new music ". Believe it or not, this cd is full of everything from the funk, the hard rock you would expect behind sports clips,and acoustic ballads that shine with one word in mind, "songwriter". It seems that Deacon has formed into a hit machine while never taking away the essence of "real" music. Meaning that none of the tracks on this masterful album bleeds to a commercial pop rerun.
"The Chilled Insane" screams freshness with everlasting soul and melody stricken classics. From the beginning, "The Chilled Insane" surrounds you with plush harmonies written by Brian Wilson, sung beautifully by Deacon. This is an excellent opener to an album from Deacon because of the stressed fact of Wilson's influence upon Winkle's singing and songwriting. From there you get hit by the title track, "The Chilled Insane" which sounds like a mixture of Radiohead and U2. The lyrics are uplifting and quite poetic. Truthfully, out of all the music Deacon has put out, this album has the most clever poetry for lyrics. It seems that Winkle has taken the lyrics in consideration more so than ever, dealing with strange subjects like science fiction, matrix style, memory trades, to open wound love songs.
Then , the funk hits you like Tyson on cocaine. Songs like " Break Me Down" and "Memory Card" explode on the dance floor oozing the sex appeal of a 3 story night club filled with flash and ass shaken to tease. Even the demo song, "A Love Scene 101", has the funk appeal of a pimp in aquarium stack heels yet, the raw sound of low quality recording with high quality talent for a hook. But, don't worry about sound quality being a factor of independent music my friends. This album sounds like it came from a million dollar studio but, believe it or not , it came from Winkle's home studio which he has practically mastered from the sound of "The Chilled Insane". There are some great suprises like, "Shotgun" a song played by the Police and sung by Deacon. A scary combo that will scare the shit out of you once the lyrics shoot you down. For the closure, Deacon ends beautifully with a cover of Crosby, Stills, and Nash's "Guinnivierre".
This remake is a piano flavored classic lush in harmonies and symphonic sounds ranging from Miles Davis to Frank Zappa. A true voyage with musical tributes all the way through it. To sum up such a technical review, I will say this. The progression of Deacon's songwriting, engineering, and production has become masterful. As a human being human, I am afraid and anxiously looking forward to the capabilities of this artist for the future. This album makes you a fan, cheering for the takeover. The question? What will come out of this artist once put into the hands of professionals in the studio and out in the exploited world? If handled gently, Deacon will shine like those before such as Prince, Beck, etc, etc, blah blah blah -LISTEN TO THE SAMPLES. PROOF ABOVE ANY WORDS OR PRESS REVIEWS
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2. The Chilled Insane
4. A Love Scene 101 (Hey!)
5. Break Me Down
6. King Of '78
8. My Weakness
9. Message One
10. Harlem Hughes
11. Memory Card