Dan Deacon's latest is the heart-pounding, life-affirming "Change Your Life (You Can Do It)." The video features a staple of all Deacon live shows: fans dancing with joyful abandon. The footage was filmed during Deacon's Gliss Riffer tour last year.
"Sometime in late 2015 a good friend and long-time collaborator, Dave Hughes, asked me to write a new [song] for the New Years Eve episode of his show Off The Air, Deacon tells NPR Music in an email. "The theme for the show was 'NEWNOW' and it couldn't have come at a better time for me as I was going through some pretty heavy s*** at the time and was very depressed, confused and alone. The theme helped me realize I was in a transitional phase of my life and to try to pull myself together and remove the aspects of life that I was in conflict with. Writing the song became an opportunity to motivate myself to change myself. After I started writing the synth parts I realized I wanted the vocals to also be all synthetic and for the lyrics to be a series of simple but empowering mantras to motivate."
Deacon has been performing "Change Your Life (You Can Do It)" at his live shows for much of the past year, including his appearance at the All Songs Sweet 16 party in January.