Gang Gang Dance: Eye Contact Review Roundup

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Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
​I'll just go ahead and assume all you diligent readers took the time to listen to the stream of Eye Contact -- the latest album from electronic/experimental New York outfit Gang Gang Dance last week. If you didn't, why the hell not? Ah well, worry not -- the album hits store shelves today. Eye Contact has been already very warmly received, with some well-known publications -- ahem, NME -- christening it as the best album they've heard this year.

That claim may not be that far fetched. Gang Gang Dance established a pretty bold sound with 2008's Saint Dymphna, although that album often fluttered away at times with its hyphy/grime/dubstep aspirations. Eye Contact, however, is chock full of good ol' electronic/dance goodness. It's as bizarre as it charming, with each song revealing yet another sophisticated layer in Gang Gang Dance's new age/polyrhythmic onion.

What the critics are saying:

The Guardian: Eye Contact is a woozy internationalist powwow that works, laced together by vintage synth sounds, jazzy shimmers and hedonistic polyrhythms.

The Quietus: Eye Contact goes one further still -- its production is bright and crystal clear, eschewing both the darkened spaces of their earlier music and the washed-out fuzz that's become a hallmark of much recent underground music.

Spin: Here their entire spectrum of styles gets blasted constantly, each track bleeding into the next. Eastern scales, New Age haze, jungle drums, and druggy rave effects create a dense aural whirl that assumes solid form only briefly.

Pitchfork: Eye Contact dials back the aural fog, at least by Gang Gang standards. It's a tighter and more focused record that pares back the band's habit for noisy embellishment and psychic jewelry to reveal taught rhythms and catchy hooks.

Eye Contact is out now via 4AD.

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