The GANGI duo are Time Travelers, taking from the past and the future and inventing new genres in today’s space-time… across history forward and back, and it’s all levy, as present is, but said that way, one states… a different space-time. GANGI’s music is a bit disorienting, spanning across these many different genres… a fact they blame on all the bright lights and industrial / informational noise they encounter and we are all surrounded with as we go about our daily business in these post info age times. GANGI takes almost every aspect of their music production upon themselves at the Office of Analogue and Digital in the suburbs of Los Angeles.
Matt Gangi self-released their debut recording A on the Office of Analogue and Digital (OOAAD) (later released on vinyl by White Noise). The album was recorded, written, performed, and produced by Matt Gangi alone in a toxic, rent stabilized Brooklyn bedroom with poison mushrooms poking through the ceiling plaster.
Gangi relocated to California after several national tours with Lyle Nesse (who is now teaching English in inner-city Baltimore) and started touring and recording with his old friend, drummer, multi- instrumentalist and fellow experimentalist, Eric Chramosta. Together they have continued in a DIY no-wave vein and self-produced, engineered, and recorded hundreds of recordings.
The first collection of these is entitled gesture is. The album was recorded at the OOAAD in Glendale, California. Since recording A, Matt started building and modding analogue equipment for the OOAAD... circuit bending, redesigning, building circuits, and combing dried-out-lawn garage / estate sales looking for old analogue electronics to fix and repurpose components from...The duo fixed up found mixers, compressors, a 1/2” tape machine (among building other oscillators and equipment)... which they use for sounds on gesture is and their current live show.
Matt Gangi and Eric Chramosta drag in a thousand genre sources that can shift without notice within the same song, then they rain it down with ambient/ musique concrète effects atop decidedly psychedelic broadcasts and an otherwise ethereal big-beat pop, appropriating themselves and other transmissions with samplers. As GANGI, the duo devises the most concrete links yet between kraut-rock and psych of the 60’s and 70’s (Neu, Faust / Joseph Byrd’s United States of America), Roxy Music/ENO, early Los Angeles underground art rock of the 80’s (Monitor), and from Creation Record’s Medicine and My Bloody Valentine to Slint, The Bomb Squad-produced hip-hop, through the information bomb, combining some of these disparate influences into new genres of the current space-time.
Matt Gangi -- - instruments and sounds
Eric Chramosta -- - intstruments and sounds
Gesture Is (Fall 2012)
LA JPN LA Vol.3 (Fall 2011, Alpha Pup)
I Remixed the Delta Mirror (Spring 2011, Lefse Records)
Reptilectric Revisitado; Zoe remix record (Spring 2010, cd/digital, EMI)
We Were So Turned On: A Tribute To David Bowie (Summer 2010, Manimal Vinyl CD/Digital, Compilation)
A (Fall 2009, Vinyl, White Noise)
Perfect as Cats: A Tribute to The Cure (Fall 2008, Manimal Vinyl, CD/Digital, Compilation)
A (Spring 2008, CD/Digital, Office of Analogue and Digital / White Noise)
Songs have played in rotation on numerous Los Angeles radio stations including KPFK, Indie 103, KCRW, and KXLU (First record, A, charted #1 most played record on 88.9FM, KXLU for 3 months and Figure 427 charted #4 for a month).
SPIN Magazine -- Hear L.A. Psych Duo GANGI
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'gesture is' is due out on October 2 via Office of Analogue and Digital Matt Gangi's electro-psyc...'gesture is' is due out on October 2 via Office of Analogue and Digital
Matt Gangi's electro-psych evolution has been years in the making. In 2008, when SPIN saw the now L.A.-based artist at CMJ, expectations of strummy freak-folk gave way to dance beats and confident stagecraft, sparking comparisons to artists as disparate as Brian Jonestown Massacre and the Books. Now a duo with drummer and multi-instrumentalist Eric Chramosta, Gangi is set to release his second album as GANGI, gesture is, on October 2 via his own Office of Analogue and Digital label. Following a spooky black-and-white video for multi-layered advance track "Outside Ones," the second preview of the new album comes in the form of "Railways no. 1-27." With crunching guitar, looping vocals, live drums, found-sound samples, and even a smattering of honking saxophone, it's an intricate, everything-and-the-kitchen-sink bit of atmospheric pop that amply displays the pair's addiction to tweaking old analogue gear. "You've got to pay attention," Gangi sings, and that's always good advice.
FILTER Magazine premiere
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Los Angeles' GANGI, are no strangers to touring the United States. And through this experience of tr...Los Angeles' GANGI, are no strangers to touring the United States. And through this experience of traveling from city to city, the band is surely bound to be influenced by the various stops on the road.
And they've now released the perfect road-trip song, "Gold," and we have it here as a FILTER Premiere.
"Gold" is the type of song that begs you to sing along to its gospel-like chorus. And it leaves you feeling as though you could take on just about anything. What more could you ask for in a song, really?
Make sure you listen to the FILTER Premiere of "Gold," off their forthcoming LP, gesture is, out October 2, below.
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BY SJIMON GOMPERS » LA's Office of Analogue and Digital premiere a video journey & remix of mystic p...BY SJIMON GOMPERS » LA's Office of Analogue and Digital premiere a video journey & remix of mystic proportions.
The continuing vision quest journeys of GANGI's Matt & Eric.
GANGI is proud to present their video for "Hindering the Sight of Threatening Events" directed by Dan Plaza along with a remix from Rainbow Arabia. Following up recent videos for "Gold" and "Railways Nos 1-27", Matt Gangi and Eric Chramosta escape the LA city sprawl of obfuscations from reality to traverse the deserts, foothills and golden waves of grain. Leaving the atmospheres of unforgettable smoggy grey skies, a tribal bongo beat guides the two "through the sky's strange patterns you can't forget".
The direction from Mr. Plaza transposes images of Matt and Eric's travels with the passing of dry brush, hillsides that are soon contrasted against the Los Angelian city of eternal freeways, industries and eternal night. With the chorus chants of "you all know", imposed shapes of squares, triangles, circles and other assembled patterns; they return to the world of construction site developments, concrete castles, exchanging their earlier views of a crescent moon now hindered by the metropolitan light pollutions and glow of LA street lamps.
Then we have the premiere of Rainbow Arabia's remix treatment of "Hindering the Sight of Threatening Events" that provides a new set of keyboards that coast on a seamless glide into the smooth saxophone sound that has been making a big return to the music world as of late.
The tribal percussion of the original gets reconfigured and traded for drum machine sequencing while Matt's vocals are treated with a slight echo chamber reverberation. The original sputtering sound effects make cameos in the Rainbow mix while the new keyboard additions create new digitized possibilities. Where the original explores the duality of unfettered nature and city development; Rainbow Arabia turns the song's transcendent qualities into a transformative experience where we re-imagine Dan Plaza's nature versus nurture visuals as an auditory tabula rasa development of land into the empirical asphalt world. The droning sustains are traded for rhythmic structures of synthesized diamond encrusted keys build the threatening events from the natural land in metronomic time; sight unhindered.
The new GANGI album gesture is has arrived and is available now from the Office of Analogue and Digital.
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Matt Gangi is prolific. After self-releasing his first album, A, in a toxic, rent stabilized bed...
Matt Gangi is prolific. After self-releasing his first album, A, in a toxic, rent stabilized bedroom in Brooklyn under his own label, Office of Analog and Digital (OOAAD), the DIY musician packed up his bags and set up shop across the country in Glendale, California.
After relocating, he began touring and recording hundreds of songs with old friend, drummer and multi-instrumentalist Eric Chramosta. Together, they are Gangi, and today we are happy to premiere the music video for their first single, "Railways Nos. 1-27," off their sophomore album, Gesture Is, which drops today on OOAAD (buy it here!).
Directed by Joel Levin, the clip is pretty straight forward, documenting the seemingly mundane journey of a train ride. But like the track itself, the visual accompaniment is made beautiful with layers and textures, creating a romanticized perception of riding the railways.
Intrigued with building and modding analogue equipment, Gangi's tracks revolve around an atmospheric, transfixing electronic component with psych-pop melodies and shoegaze-influenced instrumentation stemming from this core. The result is remarkably lush soundscapes that transcend any one genre.
Watch the music video for "Railways Nos. 1-27," below and if you live in the Los Angeles area, check out Gangi's record release show tonight (October 2) at The Satellite. More tour dates can be found here.
GANGI -- LA WEEKLY
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”Experimental” doesn’t quite cut it when you’re attempting to describe certain, uh, “indie” bands. M...”Experimental” doesn’t quite cut it when you’re attempting to describe certain, uh, “indie” bands. Matt Gangi and Eric Chramosta make a lot of sounds that melt down via guitar/drums/synths/samples into an aural collage that seems aimed at warping any expectations you might have about … what to expect. We won’t discuss their “influences,” either, just note that their genuinely psychedelic music is fully laden with obscure pop-culture referential stuff that has a way of making you nod your head like a cool guy or girl, like you “get” it. It rocks in significant ways, in other words, like, you could dance to it if you felt so inclined. Gangi have a new album called Gesture Is coming out imminently. — By John Payne, LA WEEKLY
Austin Town Hall
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It’s always amazing to me what modern recordings processes can do for a duo; you know, things that c...It’s always amazing to me what modern recordings processes can do for a duo; you know, things that couldn’t be done as easily in the 60s. My newest discovery is LA duo Gangi, who’ve got a little bit of a psych bent on their tunes. They’ll soon be releasing their second LP, Gesture Is, on October 2nd via Office of Analogue and Digital. Not only am I stoked upon the groove coming here, but I’m really digging the way the group is looping the vocals–which is what I was referencing earlier. If you listen carefully you can hear the faint squawk of a horn near the end of the song…another special moment. Enjoy this one.
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Gangi’s “Railways no. 1-27? is one of those sound collages that threatens go off the tracks and at a...Gangi’s “Railways no. 1-27? is one of those sound collages that threatens go off the tracks and at any minute but never quite does. The spacey, sample-added excursion is the lead track on the L.A. duo’s sophomore album “Gesture Is,” which will finally be released on Oct. 2. We say “finally” because it’s taken Matt Gangi and Eric Chramosta a minute to wrap up plans for the release, which appeared imminent back in January when Montana Casey’s great video for “Outside Ones” made its debut. Whatever the timing, “Gesture Is” reveals Gangi’s flair for the experimental and cinematic. If there are ghosts in these machines, they sure can make beats and carry a tune.
||| Tonight: The video for “Outside Ones” is among the fare (along with the work of “Narc” director Joe Carnahan and more) at the HollyShorts Film Festival tonight at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
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LA psych duo GANGI have announced the release of their second album, gesture is, and they’re making ...LA psych duo GANGI have announced the release of their second album, gesture is, and they’re making quite the gesture with the album’s lead single, “Railways nos. 1-27?, that may cause heart flutters with its heavy drumming and send you into a state of nirvana with its swirling layers of sound and echoed vocals. Prepare to trip.
Consisting of members Matt Gangi and Eric Chramosta, GANGI created their album at the Office of Analogue and Digital where various recording and production equipment is easy to come by. The DIY duo are the latest in a long line of budding groups forming a confetti music genre that takes parts from various established sounds — psychedelic, indie pop, electronic — and scatters them about in a unique and ear-catching result.
(Office of Analogue and Digital)
Street Date: October 2, 2012
1. Railways nos. 1-27
2. Outside Ones
3. Keep a Pad & Pencil by the Phone
4. Hindering the Sight of Threatening Events
6. They Care About You
7. KH-12 IMPROVED CRYSTAL
8. It Really Shines
9. Perfect Citizen
10. Battle Hymn of the Culture and Consciousness Industries
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I have been seeing Gangi shows for a number of years now....and they are always always great! This ...I have been seeing Gangi shows for a number of years now....and they are always always great! This Los Angeles based band has made a name for themselves amongst the oodles and oodles of groups that grace the stages of music venues spread through out this city - standing out is the trick?! I went to every night of their Monday night Spaceland Residency back in 2009, and they have played with so many great bands - like Foster The People and Local Natives - so yes.....it is time for some new tunes from Gangi!
The new record - Gesture Is - is set to be released October 2 via Office of Analogue and Digital?. This new singel "Railways No. 1-27" is a beautiful example of the great electro-psych sound that Matt Gangi and Eric Chramosta create. There most certainly is joy in repetition - this song takes you on a swirly dreamy journey with repeating vocals and builds with live drums - I find myself getting lost in the rhythmic build and I want to throw glitter on everyone....or something of that nature! It's really great, and I am excited to hear more!
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I met Matt Gangi many moons ago, when people still used MySpace to communicate about music ideas. He...I met Matt Gangi many moons ago, when people still used MySpace to communicate about music ideas. He was a DIY pirate making wild noises from beat up old synths, traveling show out of the back of a dusty road worn sedan and playing PBR-soaked basements. His sounds made a big impression on me and stuck with me all these years.
Stoked to see that Matt and his creative partner Eric Chramosta are still in the game - writing quality tunes like this out of their Los Angeles homebase. Get their new, second gesture is LP October 2nd from their own Office of Analogue and Digital. Get the other single from the release “Outside Ones” on Bndcmp.
L.A. the Blog: Local Band ‘Gangi’ Exploring the Frontier Of Electronica
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Not too long ago during a free show at the Bootleg Theater, L.A. the Blog came across local musician...Not too long ago during a free show at the Bootleg Theater, L.A. the Blog came across local musicians Matt Gangi and Eric Chramosta, who play together as the band Gangi packing the stage area and filling the dark space with solid sounds in a live show that deserves respect. Taking electronic music’s signature downbeats and electro-acid fills combined with some impressive live drumming by Eric, and psychedelic guitar, vocals and keyboards by Matt, the duo impressively drew all the technical elements together into a performance well worth experiencing.
Most reminiscent of the pysch-pop sounds of bands like Phantogram and more experimental psychedelic bands such as Animal Collective, Gangi finds a nice middle where they incorporate less of a pop sound, keeping the heavy and fast drums and/or guitar of rock’ n’ roll, while not falling into experimental limbo with enough hard electronic rhythms tempered by the psychedelic lyrics and keyboard to create songs that kept the crowd gasping for more.
Besides the great music at the show, L.A. the Blog was even more impressed watching them put the songs together. Whether it was Eric pounding out the electronic bass lines on drum pads to loop during his own drum solos, or Matt switching from keyboard to guitar while providing the electro-acid background noise through any numerous distortion and frequency devices, their energy held the show together.
We shot some video with our trusty mobile device, and are happy to share. So you don’t judge them by our crappy video, below also find a music video that the band posted to their own site gangimusic.com. You can also find them on facebook and myspace!
If you get a chance head down to the Sunset Junction 2012 Jubilee on Sunday, May 27th, and catch them at El Cid for a show at 5 p.m. You can also check their band page for other upcoming shows. Well worth your time.
SPINNER -- Video of the Day
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Artist: Gangi Video: ‘Outside Ones’ Highlight: “The video was inspired in the way that the Critica...Artist: Gangi
Video: ‘Outside Ones’
Highlight: “The video was inspired in the way that the Critical Art Ensemble describes. ‘The rules of cultural and political resistance have dramatically changed. The revolution in technology brought about by the rapid development of the computer and video has created a new geography of power relations in the first world that could only be imagined as little as 20 years ago: People are reduced to data, surveillance occurs on a global scale, minds are melded to screenal reality and an authoritarian power emerges that thrives on absence,” Matt Gangi tells Spinner.
The new geography is a virtual geography, and the core of political and cultural resistance must assert itself in this electronic space.’ Viewed with this lens, the video is staring Samantha Jacober as the hacker, Peter Christian as the Pentagon faced man, directed by Montana Casey, produced by Patrick Sayre and Rhianon Jones, and shot by Vince Pham — all of whom are more than awesome to work with.”
Sehr skurril, sehr liebevoll
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Ober-Lügner Matt Gangi hat sich Eric Chramosta als musikalischen Begleiter ausgesucht und mit ihm di...Ober-Lügner Matt Gangi hat sich Eric Chramosta als musikalischen Begleiter ausgesucht und mit ihm die neue EP “Gesture Is” eingespielt. Zwei amerikanische Ausnahmemusiker präsentieren ihre Vorstellung von zeitgenössischer Experimental-Musik, denn einmal mehr servieren Gangi nicht gerade leicht verdauliche Experimental-Klangbrocken, aber völlig überraschend auch immer wieder köstliche Delikatessen in Form von zarten und dem Pop zugeneigten Gourmetstücken, wobei es knackt und knistert, etwas klimpert gar heiter.
Gangi erzählen Geschichten. Erzählen sie zur Gitarre und Schlagzeug. Experimental-Pop halt. Nur eben mit Spieltrieb: Das Duo aus Los Angeles nutzt Geräusche und Elektronik, schafft Klangkulissen. Sehr skurril, sehr liebevoll – und weil die ursprünglichen Geschichten schon so verdammt gut sind, haben wir hier ein kleines Mini-Meisterwerk im CD-Player.
+ Translation 1 (by Maria Rockstroh):
“Über-storyteller Matt Gangi picked Eric Chramosta as his musical companion and produced the new EP “Gesture Is”.
Two American exceptional musicians present what they think is contemporary experimental music – once again, Gangi is bringing you sound pieces, that are not too easy to digest, but also surprisingly delicious delicatessen in the shape of tender and more pop-likely gourmet pieces, which click and crackle, and jingle all happy.
Gangi tells stories. They are telling them with guitar and drums, like experimental-pop does it. But they are doing it with play-instinct. The duo from Los Angeles uses sounds (noises) and electronics, creates a soundscape. Very bizarre, and very lovely – and because the previous stories were damn good, we are having a little mini masterpiece in our CD players.”
+ Translation 2 (by Nate Wagner):
“Master storyteller (literally: liar) Matt Gangi sought out Eric Chramosta, recording the new “Gesture Is EP” in tandem with him. These two exceptional American musicians have presented their interpretations of contemporary experimental music, as Gangi once again refuses to serve up accessible (literally: easy to digest) mish-mash/sampled music (here, the German word “Klangbrocken” can’t really be concisely translated, a matter of German semantics, but it’s not really a negative term. my German bros use to describe artsy music ). They instead serve up surprises—and tasty ones, at that—in dainty and pop-loving form, gourmet pieces that snap and crackle, there’s a sort of cheerful jingle to it.
Gangi tells stories, stories told with guitar and drums. Experimental pop, if you will. But these guys possess a gamer’s instinct: using sounds and electronics, the LA duo create soundscapes—quite quirky, very endearing—and because the original stories are so damn awesome, they’ve managed to give us all a mini-masterpiece for our CD players.”
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“The duo from Los Angeles uses sounds and electronics, creating soundscapes. Very quirky, very affectionate – and because the original stories are so damn good, we have a little mini-masterpiece in the CD player.”
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