Stereogum X Amazon MP3 Friendly Deals #8: Gang Gang Dance’s Saint Dymphna

Every week, lets us select one recent release from its MP3 store to go on super sale (up to 75% off normal prices). Hopefully you’ll be able to add these must-own LPs to your library without breaking your budget.

We like just about everything Gang Gang Dance has done, though before this year, 2005’s God’s Money made us rave the most. The EP teasers that came in its wake were exciting, but they did ultimately feel like teasers, and not a jump to something else equally transcendent. Enter their excellent new album Saint Dymphna. It’s not as sprawling as some of GGD’s earlier work (which often reminded of some giant rhythmic centipede or a kind of real-time collage), Lizzi Bougatsos’s vocal parts are often more obviously catchy or contained and less free-range, and there’s more variation between tracks (as well as guest rapper Tinchy Stryder, which makes sense, considering we’ve often though of keyboardist/remixer/etc. Brian DeGraw as some kinda avant Timbaland), but it works separately (there are true pop nuggets) and as a twisting-turning/percussive/spaced-out whole. The record builds from what they were doing in the past and then clarifies and tightens. Meaning: Dymphna should satisfy fans of the old and draw in people who’d been looking for more easily recognizable song structures in the past.

GGD have always been masterful in concocting weirdo dance music (techno colliding with dub and drone, MBV smearing into Gamelan, Eno, and Punjabi music). This time around the party’s a bit less out there, but all those ingredients remain and the trio maintain their unique approach to compositional deconstruction. Saint Dymphna captures Gang Gang marking a shift toward pop while remaining excellently weird. Check new signature track “House Jam,” with vocalist/percussionist Lizzie Bougatsos coming like Diamanda Galas doing Madonna for Sublime Frequencies. One of our favorite albums of the year by one of the most exciting bands working. (Also, they kick ass live.)

Today we’re making Saint Dymphna available at Amazon MP3 for the price of $3.99. Here’s a start:

Gang Gang Dance – “House Jam (MP3)


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