DANCING CIGARETTES: Dance Dogs Dance: LP

Avant garde-damaged pop is one way of describing this long-gone Bloomington, Ind. group. Dance Dogs Dance is a collection of recordings made between 1981 and 1983, after their 7” EP on Gulcher. They play catchy and jagged rhythms that bring to mind Gang Of Four, but less heavy handed. Synthesizers run in tandem with one guitar for texture and tone, while the saxophone (an instrument that seemed to peak in usage in the early ‘80s—and I think it’s high time it has a comeback) appears from time to time for some atmosphere and class. There isn’t one clunker on here, and one will wonder why this stuff never made it to vinyl back when it was originally recorded. It’s that good. This is one of the kinds of music that I love being pointed towards, or discovering, and obsessing over. –Matt Average (Magnetic South, magneticsouthrecordings.com)