Gang Gang Dance “Saint Dymphna” (2008)

November 4, 2011

Hear us, O God, Our Savior, as we honor St. Dymphna, patron of those afflicted with mental and emotional illness. Help us to be inspired by her example and comforted by her merciful help. Amen. I wonder whether Gang Gang Dance prayed to Saint Dymphna during the recording of their brilliant album number 4. It is named after an Irish girl who was supposedly killed by her own father for her refusal to marry him after her mother’s death. The poor child was fourteen. I am not implying that the band should have done that but according to pop music standards they could be taken for oddballs. Their approach towards sound is highly creative and original yet they end up with something irresistible as incoming tornado. GGD are a force out of this world, you’d rather expect them to appear in a work by Lewis Carroll. Dymphna starts strong with an instrumental track called Bebey, a cascade of electronic and beating noises, and smoothly turns into First Communion. It is one of three awesome songs on the album. Liz rocks as well the others to create a whriling cult hymn of the future. The one in which half-naked people dance around a robot statue and beg for new genetic improvements. On crazy Princes Liz shares the mike with Tinchy Stryder, a genre-hopping Briton. Their blend of hip-hop and electroclash is nervous, exhausting and, of course, fantastic. Finally, you’ve got House Jam. It is a crystal of a song which reflects the melancholy tremendously delivered by Liz, a place in space and time where catchiness and strangeness merge and the most beautiful flower of them all blooms in full.

hydrameter: 5/5

Key Tracks: Bebey, First Communion, House Jam, Princes

Listen to House Jam:


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