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Gang Gang Dance


Sixth album and first in seven years from the New York experimental electronica five-piece

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  1. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Returning with an introspective take on their ecstatic psychedelic, worldbeat induced vision for experimental music, Gang Gang Dance reveal that there are levels to this band
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  2. 9.0 |   The Music

    The sheer beauty and mystery of 'Kazuashita' makes it feel like a timeless classic
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  3. 8.5 |   The 405

    An astonishing musical mosaic. Every track links together seamlessly and every texture is vibrant
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  4. 8.0 |   NME

    The world's an ugly place, for sure, but New York art-pop innovators find beauty in nature on their triumphant sixth album
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  5. 8.0 |   music OMH

    The tracks all flow into each other, giving the album the feel of a particularly eclectic DJ mix, and overall it proves to be a fascinating, varied, atmospheric release that was thoroughly worth the wait
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  6. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    While it might be easy to think Gang Gang Dance sacrifice their wild spirit for pop hooks and accessibility on Kazuashita, that's rarely the case
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  7. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    Soft-edged and idyllic, yet hides a subtle political undercurrent
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  8. 7.4 |   Earbuddy

    Gang Gang Dance return to a world where they're no longer as experimental and strange
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  9. 7.0 |   Clash

    All in all, this is a good album. While it has some magnificent moments, it doesn't quite come together enough to make a for a completely stellar ride
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  10. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Their strongest and most coherent records. Print edition only

  11. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    Kazuashita is impeccably made, but it could stand a little more chaos
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  12. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Though Gang Gang Dance has always been better creators of documents than statements, Kazuashita leaves a sense of ambiguity as to what exactly the group aims to say or if it aspires to say anything at all
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  13. 6.0 |   The Observer

    A return to an altered cultural landscape
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  14. 6.0 |   Q

    It's liable to tail off in trippier moments, but Kazuashita is magical enough to reward its hyperactive ambition. Print edition only

  15. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Just when it seems it's an invitation to drift away, Kazuashita sags the attention, demands vigilance; a record of the world, rather than out of it. Print edition only

  16. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Shoegazey panglobal dreampop
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  17. 6.0 |   DIY

    Engaging and magical throughout
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  18. 5.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Where other returning champs have challenged themselves to become an even bigger spectacle when they step back into the ring, GGD has fallen back into safer galleries to showcase their work
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  19. 5.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Kazuashita wants what psychedelics want of human brains: transcendence. But its fleetingness masks any sort of completion
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