It’s fitting that Eye Contact - the fifth studio album from Gang Gang Dance - found a home on the esteemed 4AD label; after all, some of the imprint’s earliest signings were purveyors of the sort of mystical/global amalgam favored by Gang Gang Dance.
Eye Contact, Gang Gang Dance's first album for 4AD, was recorded in an old church converted to a recording studio in upstate New York, with a myriad of chimes, drums and good vibrations. Chris Coady was behind the board to capture the impromptu jam sessions as well as the structured songs the band had on hand when they started, while Alex Epton aka XXXchange, focused on vocals with Lizzi. When combined, we have the cleanest, freshest and most focused Gang Gang Record to date.
I can hear everything. It's everything time. So begins Eye Contact, the newest album from New York's Gang Gang Dance. Because Eye Contact really does sound like everything all at once, simultaneously worldly and familiar. Not that this is anything particularly new for Gang Gang Dance; the band has always seemed to be at the vanguard of musical exploration, drawing influences from countless different territories, both sonic and geographic. But Eye Contact goes beyond the worldbeat experimentation of Saint Dymphna and shoots straight for the sublime.
All of that said, Eye Contact, GGD's debut offering for 4AD, is startling. Gone are the murky layers of production, angular, abstract dark corners, and black holes of space and rawness. Eye Contact is GGD's first true "pop" record. Liz Bougatsos' voice rises to the top of every song here, and these are very formal, if complex songs. This is best evidenced by opener "Glass Jar," which commences with five minutes of blissed-out synth washes, whispering cymbals (courtesy of new drummer Jesse Lee, whose innovative rhythm magic raises the bar).
Gang Gang Dance is an American experimental music band based in Manhattan, New York City. They have toured internationally and released several albums. Gang Gang Dance were formed in 2001 by keyboardist Brian DeGraw and drummer Tim DeWit, who first met in Washington, . in 1993 and played in The Cranium
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