For its dazzling musical composition and its lyrical brilliance, Dada Plan’s A Dada Plan is Free could certainly be considered a masterpiece of contemporary art — or rather, anti-art.
Frontman Malcolm Jack’s Dada Plan is comprised of Matt Krysko on synth, Dave Biddle on saxophone, Colin Cowan on bass, and Justin Williams on congas. Jack has inevitably received much praise for the band’s originality, chaotic intricacies, and dystopian gaze.
Dada Plan has succeeded in creating a sound rich with dizzying, nonlinear originality; the poetic mastery of lyricism which emerges from the depths of saxophones and synths is not to be overlooked.
In harrowing realms where “History pulls out all your teeth / If you give it wings,” where, “It’s harder to find peace / Than to find wealth,” and where, “The sun burns people in its cars / When there’s hundreds of us crowded into bars,” this album is effective in conjuring up a dark and loaded social commentary guised in the haze of perfectly imperfect musical arrangements. Though it effectively challenges the often isolating experience of modernity, lyrics like, “It’s easy to place all of the blame / On a life with phones,” suggest that this isolation is one which speaks not only to modernity but also to the general human experience.
Dada Plan has successfully presented a work of anti-art that challenges and mocks the stability of history, identity, time, and reality — all while sounding amazing.
Rather than presenting such bold challenges in one boisterous or rebellious sound, A Dada Plan is Free reflects on the ludicrousness of contemporary culture with the quiet subtlety of a mirror. The “hanging mirrors” Dada Plan presents on the track “The Hanging Mirrors Of Life-Skype” could very well describe their own work.
As any great piece of art, the albumholds a mirror up to the strange absurdities of the human experience; the voyeuristic observations presented by the melancholic persona of this album awaken a desire to study the individual we see in the looking glass and to ponder the paradigms we blindly accept as truths.