Some music of mine exists on a completely different plane, intersecting only tangentially with my own. Charalambides is one such band, and perhaps a few others - Fursaxa, black forest/black sea, Oval - they create music that is completely independent of any influences or genres, sucking you into their world temporarily. Whether or not this is a good thing is up to the listener, but it is undeniable that some music takes you away. I've found that Gang Gang Dance creates this type of music, or at least has done so on God's Money. Don't take this as too great a compliment from me - the first time I heard this album, I kind of squinted and occasionally reached for the next track button... but I didn't hit it, and before I knew it the album was over. I had lived in it and, as weird (and occasionally bothersome) as it was, I now know it to be at the very least interesting and compelling music.
The singer chirps nonsense in tape loops and stereo pans as percussion sputters and pounds behind - guitars, bass, keyboards and samples all show but do not act in concert as you expect them too. And yet, despite the chaos, I can sense an underlying logic - I just don't understand it. Songs tease you with harmony then kick sonic dirt in your face. "Egowar," the album's longest track, shifts suddenly from ambient bell noise and marimba jam to scintillating, cacophonic jam, back, and back again. Relatively peaceful instrumentals separate more vocal tracks, each one sounding completely unlike the last. Though "Egowar" got me interested in the album at a coffee shop, the last third of the album is the most interesting to me - two stunning ambient tracks bookend "Nomad For Love (Cannibal)," another mysterious voiced track. It is this that I shall provide, but it in no way represents the rest of the album. If you're not totally put off by this song, you ought to check out the album, so you can at least hear it once. It's insane, to be sure, but it's like you've got a peephole into their world and you can't stop watching. Give it a shot.