Best Anxiety Reliever: 'Gliss Riffer' by Dan Deacon

As has been told in this paper and elsewhere, Dan Deacon turned his own anxieties into music for his most recent album, and that itself is kind of affirming. Mental health is still not something people talk about enough, so an album that puts it all out there and, ultimately, finds relief is a welcome antidote. There’s comfort to be found in the calming final three tracks, ‘Learning To Relax,’ ‘Take It To The Max,’ and ‘Steely Blues.’ As Deacon told CP’s Karen Peltier, there’s something about the repetition and loops of electronic music that makes it easy for the listener to get lost in, and that can be therapeutic in its own way. This is an album we’ll happily throw on when it feels like the world is bearing down.

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