Gang Gang Dance Gets Saintly In Oct.

 

Whoah – “an even dancier, inclusive direction that
continues to emphasize the ritualistic elements of their music while upping the
transcendent aspects” !

By Blurt Staff

 

This just in
over the BLURT transom… overcaffeinated though it may be (watch those
superlatives, kids!), it pretty much sums things up for GGD, so why mess with
it? Cheers!

 

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Named after the
patron saint of outsiders, taboo subject matter and general disorder, Gang Gang Dance have completed Saint Dymphna – a stunning
follow-up to the critically acclaimed God’s Money.  The album
is set for release Oct 21, 2008 on The
Social Registry in North America
(and in the UK,
Europe and Australia
on Warp). Finally! After three years of complex and sporadic recording,
complete with jetsetting, breakdowns, an acclaimed Whitney Biennial appearance, plus the Retina Riddim DVD+CD and RAWWAR EP, the band have yielded a true masterpiece to add to
its canon. We couldn’t be happier to throw this one out and let the world
become enamored again.

 

If you’ve seen a
Gang Gang Dance show since 2005,
you know that Lizzi Bougatsos, Brian Degraw, Tim Dewit  and Josh Diamond have taken an even dancier,
inclusive direction that continues to emphasize the ritualistic elements of
their music while upping the transcendent aspects. This is apparent (times ten)
on Saint Dymphna. The
record opens with “Bebey” – a
preview of coming attractions that is like an organic, eastern Aphex Twin with
spinning percussion, face-fuzz ambient textures and oral rebirth. The track
melts into “First Communion,” which is a great representation of the new,
more-accessible-than-ever version of the band. After a dreamy introduction, the
unit pummels in with a truly global punch – we’re talking Brazilian guitars,
punk snarl on the vocals and a beat that resembles the omnipresent sound of
reggaeton flooding the NYC streets during summer months.

 

“Blue Nile” touches on 80s techno, trip-hop, interstellar
travel and Hot 97 R&B without really sounding like any of those things.
“Princes” is the real shocker of the bunch. The first appearance of
London-based MC Tinchy Stryder and his “Oh shit! Gang Gang!”
toast will cause more than a few moments of “Did I accidentally switch
records?” before the conclusion that this stuff is smashing apart genre
conventions in a way that few bands have been willing to experiment with.  The song plays like the weirdest Grime track
(or the weirdest Gang Gang Dance track for that matter) you’ve ever heard. Either way, it re-emphasizes the
group’s club potential, experimental success and beyond all, true understanding
of good music no matter what label critics decide to obsess over on a given
day.

 

The arc and trajectory on
which Gang Gang Dance has
propelled themselves since their inception at the turn of the century can only
be described in terms of evolution. Four individuals with strong ties to the
art community and almost boundless creative energy orienting themselves into a
musical collaboration, the direction of which has been almost as unpredictable
as it is focused. Their ambition and individuality did not go unnoticed through
2007 as they were approached by The
Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art
to be included in their 2008 biennial, an offer rarely
extended to musicians. For the exhibition, the four again chose to incorporate
visual manipulation into their performance; utilizing film projections, a
number of participants dressed in ceremonial masks – all elements combining to
create a spectacle that was by all accounts breathtaking.

 

Like God’s Money, Saint Dymphna is
envisioned as a LP experience, although each track is more than strong enough
to stand alone. The production is pristine cinematic headphone candy with 70s
Eno intricacy and 00s Timbaland immediacy that will firmly hold your attention
while Gang Gang Dance continue
to push things forward.  The album will
be preceded by the Single “House Jam
that is backed with a remix of the track by Hot Chip, and accompanied by a free digital download of a remix by XXXChange.
Highly recommended and well worth the wait!

 

Live Dates:

 

July
24th at M Room in Philadelphia,
PA

July
26th at Bowery Ballroom in NYC

July
27th at Middle East in Cambridge,
MA

Aug 16 at Central Park
Summerstage in NYC

 

Track Listing:


HOLY COMMUNION (3.05)
BLUE NILE (3.10)
VACUUM (4.13)
PRINCES (4.26)
INNERS PACE (4.16)
AFOOT (3.25)
HOUSE JAM (4.45)
INTERLUDE (NO KNOWN HOME) (1.16)
DESERT STORM (5.10)
DUST (5.30)

 

 

[Photo Credit: Aylin]

 

 

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