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Eye Contact

Gang Gang Dance

Eye Contact

Fifth album of experimental electronica from New York five-piece

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  1. 10.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Eye Contact is a true album – a seamless whole at a distance, riddled with detail up close
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  2. 9.0 |   BBC

    Dive into their magnificent depths and you might find a record to fall in love with several times over
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  3. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Gang Gang Dance injects pop music with new life, leading the quest for newer sounds from ageless sources and mixing it all together in a critically irresistible way
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  4. 9.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Their most accomplished album to date
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  5. 8.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    Gang Gang Dance’s idea of accessible and pop-ready is just as trippy and emotionally affecting as ever. Now, you can play it in the car on a Friday night, too
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  6. 8.5 |   Bowlegs

    The album continually flirts with a primal passion – various ethnic qualities merging with New York dance – making for a band with a unique voice
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  7. 8.5 |   Pitchfork

    Gang Gang Dance's finest, weirdest, and most uplifting statement yet
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  8. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    A little like Animal Collective with Merriweather Post Pavilion, with this new record they've blossomed into something they've always threatened to become: an actual pop band
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  9. 8.0 |   The Observer

    A woozy internationalist powwow that works, laced together by vintage synth sounds, jazzy shimmers and hedonistic polyrhythms
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  10. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    This is some of the most welcoming music Gang Gang Dance have ever pieced together – less diffuse but still rewardingly complex
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  11. 8.0 |   State

    A veritable tour de force that cements their reputation as one of the most exciting bands around
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  12. 8.0 |   Spin

    Gang Gang Dance are back to testing boundaries
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  13. 8.0 |   The Fly

    The results are thrilling, if a bit jarring at first
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  14. 8.0 |   NME

    This is visually evocative, visionary stuff
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  15. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Rich palette of colourful, tribal grooves, kaleidoscopic ambience and widescreen prog-pop hooks
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  16. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Complex and jagged, Eye Contact unveils its charms slowly, but once it does, you'll want to immerse yourself completely
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  17. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It makes you wish Björk still regularly made records this deliriously enjoyable as this. Print edition only

  18. 8.0 |   Mojo

    It's hard to tell if the record wants to hug you or eat you. Print edition only

  19. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    An album that demonstrates characteristic scope and ambition
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  20. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Features everything from tribal drums, synth freak-outs, abstract vocals and dance music recreated using ‘proper’ instruments
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  21. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A multi-sensory experience – Gang Gang Dance don’t just hear everything, they see it. True to spirit, Eye Contact is a cosmic tunnel through space and time
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  22. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Eye Contact is easily Gang Gang Dance's crowning achievement
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  23. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    A typically gorgeous, strange album whose twists and turns nevertheless form a tightly coordinated intergalactic journey
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  24. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    It first comes off as overwrought jumble. But with repeat spins, it gradually morphs into its true nature of earworm irresistibility
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  25. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    One of the most captivating albums of the year, each song different yet cohesive, challenging and ultimately highly rewarding
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  26. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    The Brooklyn quartet is rooted in post-punk, and on its fifth full-length, it evokes a number of ’80s touchstones
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  27. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The music's hard to classify, but one word might sum it up: ecstatic
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  28. 7.0 |   DIY

    They’re not always successful, but the sheer gumption of the exercise is admirable
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  29. 6.0 |   Q

    A freak-out of experimentation. Print edition only

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