Kazuashita

Gang Gang Dance - Kazuashita
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2018 Ratings: #495 / 719
User Score
Based on 104 ratings
2018 Ratings: #309
June 22, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters

The exploration that the band performs in this instance, crazy as it might seem, is more substantial and covers more ground, resulting in a monumental release.

85
The 405

Kazuashita is an astonishing musical mosaic. Every track links together seamlessly and every texture is vibrant.

80
musicOMH

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.

80
Exclaim!

All the elements that have made for their most enjoyable material are still here, and the band shows they are just as capable as they have always been at captivating listeners.

80
NME

Gang Gang Dance’s sixth album, just like their previous work, emphasises how there’s a vast world beyond our closest surroundings.

80
AllMusic

Some of the band's finest music yet, to say that Kazuashita was worth the wait is an understatement; it's a timely, necessary expression of hope that also feels like a union of the new and the eternal.

77
Pitchfork

On their first album in seven years, the New York fusionists tap into a welter of global styles; the result is soft-edged and idyllic, yet hides a subtle political undercurrent.

75
Northern Transmissions

On their sixth studio album Kazuashita, the New York band continue to develop the diversely influenced rhythms and soundscapes that have defined their career to date, while doubling down on the more electronic direction the group took starting with their previous LP.

70
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.

70
FLOOD Magazine

Kazuashita feels and sounds holier and sexier than their last effort, Eye Contact, from 2011.

67
A.V. Club

Kazuashita is impeccably made, but it could stand a little more chaos.

65
Spectrum Culture

Gang Gang Dance tunes to more radical forms to let the new music echo the current cultural climate.

60
Dork

Despite the outwardly impenetrable image, at the heart of Gang Gang Dance is an accessibility and beauty.

60
DIY

A record that is engaging and magical throughout.

60
The Guardian

The New York trio have shifted to meet a very different global atmosphere, tuning in, as did Björk’s Utopia, to the soothing and filtering them through shoegazey dreampop textures.

60
The Observer

Kazuashita ... doesn’t actually pack as much of a percussive punch as the band’s previous album, Eye Contact (2011), whose MindKilla track took GGD into properly scary territory.

50
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.

50
Tiny Mix Tapes

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

tha138
63
I suspect that I finally found the in-house band of the trendy cafe in Phuket that was so devoted in creating the right atmosphere for the guests to enjoy their cocktails.
rika_
55
what even happens on this album? not much. i liked the title track, and 'young boy' was decent, but i really could not tell you anything about the others. they exist, that's for sure.
ryanreviews
77
An inventive and experimental rock and electronic album
Z.Younk
78
Lizzi's vocals are at the forefront on this one, leading the direction of the music -- and she's never sounded better!
chunderz
78
The things that "J-TREE" does to me is something else. Overall, 'Kazuashita' is one of Gang Gang Dance's best releases in a while and is glowing testament to a perennially underrated bands' many talents.

Favourite tracks: J-TREE, Lotus, Young Boy
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Track List

  1. ( Infirma Terrae )
  2. J-Tree
  3. Lotus
  4. ( Birth Canal )
  5. Kazuashita
  6. Young Boy (Marika in Amerika)
  7. Snake Dub
  8. Too Much, Too Soon
  9. ( Novae Terrae )
  10. Salve on the Sorrow
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