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Saint Dymphna [CD]

Gang Gang Dance Audio CD
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The trajectory on which Gang Gang Dance has propelled themselves since their inception can only be described in terms of evolution. Four individuals with strong ties to the art community and almost boundless creative energy, they’ve oriented themselves into a musical collaboration whose direction is almost as unpredictable as it is purposeful.

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  • Audio CD (20 Oct 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B001EKUHN0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,226 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Bebey 4:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. First Communion 3:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Blue Nile 3:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Vacuum 4:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Princes feat. Tinchy Stryder 4:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Inner Pace 4:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Afoot 3:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. House Jam 4:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Interlude (No Known Home) 1:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Desert Storm 5:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Dust 5:300.79  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

Being equally concerned with musical and artistic endeavours, the members of Brooklyn-based Gang Gang Dance are firmly embedded within the New York scene derided recently by Santogold in 'L.E.S. Artistes'. But it's hard to find any pretentiousness to dislike in their fourth album St Dymphna, a celebration of all the dance genre not only has encapsulated, but can possibly encapsulate with a little imagination.

Former studio mates of Animal Collective and Black Dice, the band share their love of the avant garde, while simultaneously aiming for the inclusive. This is especially evident on St Dymphna, the most accessible and danceable collection of their career so far, on which experimental instrumentation is included, but vitally not at the expense of rhythm.

Founders Tim Dewitt and Brian Degraw have been gifted with an almost telepathic rhythmic relationship according to their bandmates, and this correlation of ideas is satisfyingly evident on tracks like Inners Pace. An amalgam of widely varying rhythms ebb to and from the fore, allowing the listener to create a different aural experience for themselves each time.

It is this masterful layering of sound, largely credited to Dewitt, that makes the album both interesting and accessible. Vacuum leans towards classic shoegaze, with foreboding guitar reminiscent of the Cocteau Twins' Violaine, while First Communion and single House Jam give away the band's N.Y ties with their distinctly DFA tinged bassline. Alongside these references to the modern, the more expected eastern flavours and African drumming are also present; most overtly in opener Bebey and the closing Dust.

A truly transcontinental collaboration presents itself in the form of Princes, featuring East London grime artist Tinchy Stryder. The track effortlessly combines an easily recognisable grime beat with bongos, keys and a string break. Add to this the adaptable vocal of Liz Bougatsos and you have the epitome of a perfect contemporary hybrid.

As is often the case with albums of this ilk, it takes a good few listens to really appreciate and understand the intricate workings of St Dymphna, but the effort is worth the reward. If you like landscapes with your soundscapes, this one's for you. --Keira Burgess

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
On Saint Dymphna, Gang Gang Dance does very similar to what Battles did last year, or what bands like This Heat and The Pop Group achieved in the late 80's and early 70's respectively; hint at seemingly every single popular stylistic trend and genre that can be identified in modern underground music, yet craft an end-product that has almost no touchstone on the planet. Also like Battles and The Pop Group, hypnotic exploration of grooves, twitch-jerk unpredictability and the avant garde are the unifying philosophy behind everything here. But listening to Saint Dymphna, there's no telling where it'll be from track to track. shoegaze, post-rock, tribal world music, hip hop, dance punk, psychedellia, vocal samples, spoken word, noise, and all the bloops and beeps of club music are just a fraction of the elements that the band touches upon, often all within the same track, and none of which can even approximate a description of what listening to this album is like.

"Vacuum" sways to trash can drums while some sort of cybernetic wailing melodically mimics a guitar effect from Loveless. Spazzed out dance tracks like "First Communion" and "Desert Storm" are cluttered with spontaneous shrieks and howls, while punchy guitar squalls and constantly shifting percussion alternates with piercing synth effects. "Dust" and "Inners Pace" are the ambient explorations with electronics, samples and third world music that David Byrne and Brian Eno should've been doing this year. Then somehow, somewhere in between all this chaos, there's the song of the year, "House Jam," a club-friendly masterpiece of a song, which really just has to be heard in order to be believed. Timbaland once called M.I.A the "music of the future," but her minimalist meandering sounds like oldies in comparison to the masterful brushstroke of post-modern style and experimentalism that is achieved here. (Aron Fischer)

For fans of: Cut Copy, MIA, The Pop Group, Battles, The Knife
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4.0 out of 5 stars Early expectations exceeded 22 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
I first came across GGD at an ATP festival and off the back of this chance live encounter bought the 'God's Money' album which unfortunately left me massively disappointed... loads of idea's going on but no direction.

Since then i stayed well clear until my brother convinced me that this album was worth taking notice off. I pleased to say that progress is massive and GGD seem to have condensed the excitement & variety of their live show into a focused record with a unique sound.

Quality is consistent throughout the album, however 'Saint Dymphna' does have some a few tracks that stand out massively, namely 'Princes' which features Titchy Stryder. Marrying the grimey beats & delivery of Stryder with the etherial vocals of GGD creates a track that is guaranteed to fill any dancefloor.

It's great to see a genuinely unique and talented band given the time develop their sound. As their first release on Warp it once again shows the label's impeccable taste and ability to get the best out of diverse artists.
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On Saint Dymphna, Gang Gang Dance does very similar to what Battles did last year, or what bands like This Heat and The Pop Group achieved in the late 80's and early 70's respectively; hint at seemingly every single popular stylistic trend and genre that can be identified in modern underground music, yet craft an end-product that has almost no touchstone on the planet. Also like Battles and The Pop Group, hypnotic exploration of grooves, twitch-jerk unpredictability and the avant garde are the unifying philosophy behind everything here. But listening to Saint Dymphna, there's no telling where it'll be from track to track. shoegaze, post-rock, tribal world music, hip hop, dance punk, psychedellia, vocal samples, spoken word, noise, and all the bloops and beeps of club music are just a fraction of the elements that the band touches upon, often all within the same track, and none of which can even approximate a description of what listening to this album is like.

"Vacuum" sways to trash can drums while some sort of cybernetic wailing melodically mimics a guitar effect from Loveless. Spazzed out dance tracks like "First Communion" and "Desert Storm" are cluttered with spontaneous shrieks and howls, while punchy guitar squalls and constantly shifting percussion alternates with piercing synth effects. "Dust" and "Inners Pace" are the ambient explorations with electronics, samples and third world music that David Byrne and Brian Eno should've been doing this year. Then somehow, somewhere in between all this chaos, there's the song of the year, "House Jam," a club-friendly masterpiece of a song, which really just has to be heard in order to be believed. Timbaland once called M.I.A the "music of the future," but her minimalist meandering sounds like oldies in comparison to the masterful brushstroke of post-modern style and experimentalism that is achieved here. (Aron Fischer)

For fans of: Cut Copy, MIA, The Pop Group, Battles, The Knife
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