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Saint Dymphna

Saint Dymphna

20 Oct 2008
4.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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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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Format: Vinyl
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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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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Format: Audio CD
Saint Dymphna is the sort of album you will enjoy if bands like SALEM, Yeasayer and Koudlam are your deal. It's not an album you'll enjoy if bands like Snow Patrol are.

Gang Gang Dance explore a real range of ideas on this release, and fundamentally, it's a great record. The tracks are complex and showcase sounds and technical production that is significantly ahead of a lot of other acts out at the moment. For this reason, it's a great album to absorb with repeated listens.

Only occasionally does the experimental approach flag a bit with tracks like Inners Pace and Princes; mixed and mastered well, but just lacking a bit of the energy and drama of the other tracks on the album.

I still highly recommend this album for anyone looking for a bit more individuality from their music. A great act, and a great example of what music can be when your open your mind to new ideas.
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