gus gus - where are they?

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where are gus gus? and was their second album anygood? has anyone heard the Gigi Galaxy remix of Barry?

rinse, Sunday, 14 October 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

that snow white song was incredible.

ethan, Sunday, 14 October 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

the gigi galaxy mix is fucking wicked. well funky. i saw q-burns abstract message dj in moscow and he played that.....well unexpected, so i had a dnace even though there were only 30 people there ort something. who the fuck is gigi galaxy?

i like 'polydistortion' the first album. and the girl (who got sackd) is cute. apparently theres some like community of fan-sites fr her or something. weird huh.

ambrose, Sunday, 14 October 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

I luv gg. I think that they're more of a collaboration/collective than a band - so I wouldn't be suprised is members are often 'off doing other things'. btw. Emilliana Torrini - for tis she that sang on alot of polydistortion - left to go solo. Her first international release (she'd done a fair bit of Iceland only stuff b4) 'Love In The Time Of Science' is a fantastic album of slinky trip-hop. Yes she is cute, but the music is top notch also - one or 2 singles got a lot of Radio One airplay last summer...

bounder, Monday, 15 October 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

bounder must be drunk today. Emiliana has nothing to do with Gus Gus. the girl's name is Hafdis Huld. And she is SO FUCKING HOT.

tim, Monday, 15 October 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

I believe the correct spelling is GusGus and their second album was much better than their debut. Better songs, better lyrics, better everything. I saw them play live a couple of years back and I really thought they were going to be the new Underworld... The new album is supposed to be called "Celebrator" and come out next year.

JoB, Monday, 15 October 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

three years pass...
the daniel agust single any good?

dh, Friday, 26 August 2005 21:55 (sixteen years ago) link

Was there ever an instrumental of "Believe"?

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 26 August 2005 22:29 (sixteen years ago) link

I was about to say "yeah, "Jungle Jazz"", but I guess it's not the same. I adore "Believe" too. Am I in the minority for prefering the first album? I should pick up the third one as well I guess cos I thought "David" was ace.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Saturday, 27 August 2005 05:51 (sixteen years ago) link

ten months pass...
I am listening to Attention right now.

Jesus Dan (Dan Perry), Monday, 3 July 2006 14:51 (sixteen years ago) link

i think 'Attention' is good. the 'Need In You' single from January this year was unfortunately too much like it to stand up well in 2006. i am aware of the perversity of these two statements combined.

Konal Doddz (blueski), Monday, 3 July 2006 14:55 (sixteen years ago) link

"Call Of The Wild" might be the best track they've ever done.

Jesus Dan (Dan Perry), Monday, 3 July 2006 14:56 (sixteen years ago) link

I Heard they are in Iceland eating baked potatoes with cheese and raw organic reindeer meat. This is more than just a stupid rumor.....

sim (simbo), Monday, 3 July 2006 14:58 (sixteen years ago) link


Jesus Dan (Dan Perry), Monday, 3 July 2006 15:00 (sixteen years ago) link

i miss them. too bad they suck now since all the good members left

kevin barking (arghargh), Monday, 3 July 2006 15:12 (sixteen years ago) link

What's Hafdis up to these days, didn't she have a solo record in the works?

Jena (JenaP), Monday, 3 July 2006 17:16 (sixteen years ago) link

five years late but Gigi Galaxy = Gary Martin

He is from Detroit therefore he is great.

tylero (tylero), Monday, 3 July 2006 20:07 (sixteen years ago) link

Truly great band. I loved "Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use)" at the time and still think it rocks now.

JTS (JTS), Monday, 3 July 2006 23:02 (sixteen years ago) link

saw them live when Attention came out; my friend and i sat crosslegged on the little dais in front of the stage, in between the dancing crowd and the band. we just kinda bounced. it was fantastic!

the first half of This Is Normal had some incredible songs, esp. 'Starlovers' and 'Superhuman'

are they still a going concern?

derrick (derrick), Tuesday, 4 July 2006 00:56 (sixteen years ago) link

This thread is great because the title of it seems to sum up the whole problem with gus gus. Where are they indeed? Their first album was nearly revolutionary and then they put out what I thought was lackluster stuff after that, but STILL managed to do a fuckin' amazing live gig around the time of their second proper album. Talk about wasted potential

I haven't heard Attention, though. Also says they were supposed to have just released something called "Forever" at the end of June.

Vampire Business (Bimble...), Tuesday, 4 July 2006 01:14 (sixteen years ago) link

seven months pass...
new album 'Forever' sounds flat, formulaic and disappointing for the most part :(
where's the oomph? itunes previews aren't necess. best thing to go by but still

blueski, Wednesday, 28 February 2007 00:10 (fifteen years ago) link

Hasn't former bandleader Daniel Agust (or however you spelt it) just released a solo album?

Tim F, Wednesday, 28 February 2007 03:20 (fifteen years ago) link

A while back. Swallowed A Star. Credited to Daniel.

The new GusGus album actually covers a track from it.

djh, Wednesday, 28 February 2007 17:15 (fifteen years ago) link

lol i was gonna post to say i liked that snow white song

and what, Wednesday, 28 February 2007 17:23 (fifteen years ago) link

"Call Of The Wild" might be the best track they've ever done.

Jesus Dan (Dan Perry) on Monday, July 3, 2006 9:56 AM (7 months ago)
That is a cool track. I just saw the video for it at [Link their site][link] yesterday...

I felt very confused. It walks a very thin line between sexy and absurd.

Faisal Shennib, Thursday, 1 March 2007 04:58 (fifteen years ago) link

let me try that again:

gusgus video site

Faisal Shennib, Thursday, 1 March 2007 04:59 (fifteen years ago) link

I've enjoyed "Need in Me", "Hold You" and Agust's "Moss". "Mallflowers" is on it too.

Jena, Thursday, 1 March 2007 05:09 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm a sucker for GusGus though...

Jena, Thursday, 1 March 2007 05:12 (fifteen years ago) link

according to a recent popjustice e-mail, hafdis huld does have a solo record. got a myspace page and airthang. too lazy/drunk to link right now tho.

impudent harlot, Thursday, 1 March 2007 05:40 (fifteen years ago) link

it's weak

Jena, Thursday, 1 March 2007 08:19 (fifteen years ago) link

two months pass...

hafdis huld is playing london's borderline tomorrow. i's a going cuz i absolutely love dirty paper cup, her solo album. it's twee as hell, but all the better for that. anyone else going?

CharlieNo4, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 09:57 (fifteen years ago) link

that'll be a no then :-(

CharlieNo4, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 10:58 (fifteen years ago) link

it's twee as hell, but all the better for that.

this may have been the deal-buster heh

blueski, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 11:01 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...


HI DERE, Monday, 25 June 2007 12:09 (fifteen years ago) link

The Daniel Agust solo album is gorgeous.

Trayce, Monday, 25 June 2007 13:08 (fifteen years ago) link

O RLY? tell me MOAR

HI DERE, Monday, 25 June 2007 13:46 (fifteen years ago) link

Same here please.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 25 June 2007 14:02 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...

"I.I.E." is really great, huh.

Wes HI DEREson (HI DERE), Thursday, 19 March 2009 21:17 (thirteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I am using your worlds, Saturday, 11 April 2009 18:28 (thirteen years ago) link

Was just relistening to a lot of their stuff the other week -- but damn, this version kicks and then some.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 11 April 2009 18:33 (thirteen years ago) link

their DJ mix for astralwerks was SO GOOD

moonship journey to baja, Saturday, 11 April 2009 18:59 (thirteen years ago) link

er sorry, their mix for moonshine

moonship journey to baja, Saturday, 11 April 2009 19:00 (thirteen years ago) link

they're on kompakt now? is that right?

just sayin, Saturday, 11 April 2009 22:08 (thirteen years ago) link

Stevie! Stevie's the one who rocked my world with that clip above. I don't know how it is that someone else posted it here. I was waiting for Stevie D. to post it here.

Lucking Faptop (Bimble), Saturday, 11 April 2009 22:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Hi Bimble! I found it on youtube and thought the folk over here would like it. I was going to post more about it but got called away as soon as I'd posted the link. Seeing how they did that track live makes me want to find out what their other live material was from this period.

I am using your worlds, Sunday, 12 April 2009 06:57 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh they were absolutely incredible when I saw them live. Like somewhere in another universe than the Polydistortion album would have led me to believe. That's why I couldn't believe it when their next album was ho-hum. If there's any live bootlegs out there, I bet they're shit-hot, assuming the sound quality is decent.

Phone of Drone (Bimble), Sunday, 12 April 2009 20:14 (thirteen years ago) link

Got some live stuff now that they did for KCRW in '97 and '99. Been listening to it over the last hour and a half or so and it is DOPE, of course. Ravers would be flattened by this shit.

Take The Gothheads Bowling (Bimble), Monday, 13 April 2009 01:01 (thirteen years ago) link

link plz!

Jena (who is actually a man) (Jena), Monday, 13 April 2009 01:47 (thirteen years ago) link

yes, please, post those links! i loved that live vid above, saw them live at Showbox in 99 i think and they put on an amazing show. i had to rifle through my vinyl to see what i had by them and was shocked to find 5 12"s. had no idea i had that many from them but they were quite good for 2 years.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 13 April 2009 01:57 (thirteen years ago) link

obv not "David" tho

deX! (DJP), Monday, 25 November 2013 20:32 (eight years ago) link

"over" from arabian horse for sure

adam, Monday, 25 November 2013 20:41 (eight years ago) link

There's a bit about Gus Gus in the 4AD book but the writer obviously thinks the label had lost its way by that point and I can't remember any interesting revelations.

Deafening silence (DL), Monday, 25 November 2013 20:42 (eight years ago) link

btw adam is completely OTM re: "Over"

deX! (DJP), Monday, 25 November 2013 21:57 (eight years ago) link

I was ambivalent about it when it came out (or not in the Gus Gus zone) but Arabian Horse really is very good.

djh, Monday, 25 November 2013 22:27 (eight years ago) link

Fairly certain nothing from "Forever" will make it onto this best of. A surprising amount of Arabian Horse might, though.

Not delving into remixes and alternate versions too much (as am on a time schedule - a holiday) but the GiGi Galaxy version of "Barry" and the Roy's Lady Soul mix of "Ladyshave" will be on there.

djh, Tuesday, 26 November 2013 22:43 (eight years ago) link

CDR80 - Draft
Barry (GiGi Galaxy)
Ladyshave (Roy's Lady Soul Mix))
Very Important People
Within You
Changes Come
Blue Mug (Demo)

djh, Thursday, 28 November 2013 23:22 (eight years ago) link

Good selection. I'd add this remix from Forever

Rotating prince game (I am using your worlds), Friday, 29 November 2013 00:09 (eight years ago) link

Loving Arabian Horse so much that I'm bemused that I owned but didn't get into it when it came out.

djh, Thursday, 12 December 2013 22:30 (eight years ago) link

six months pass...

Mexico is out today and it's sounding great. Haven't noticed Earth much so far though.

Rotating prince game (I am using your worlds), Monday, 23 June 2014 10:07 (eight years ago) link

Read somewhere that Arabian Horse is Gus Gus's and Kompakt's best-selling album. Does that seem plausible?

Any thoughts on Mexico?

djh, Sunday, 29 June 2014 16:15 (eight years ago) link

I want to listen to Mexico. I will pick up a physical copy soon. Can't imagine Arabian Horse selling more than The Field, Gui Boratto or the first Immer. They all seemed to have a lot more exposure than AH. Unless there is a market I'm not familiar with.

mmmm, Sunday, 29 June 2014 16:48 (eight years ago) link

arabian horse is a masterpiece imo but mexico didn't grab on first listen, must try harder

adam, Sunday, 29 June 2014 19:21 (eight years ago) link

two months pass...

yeah mexico owns too. seeing them week after next, i hope it is exactly like that youtube of "believe" that is the best video on the internet

adam, Thursday, 25 September 2014 14:28 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

Mexico is missing something, for me.

Enjoyed this though:

djh, Monday, 24 November 2014 20:24 (seven years ago) link

I've been playing Mexico quite a bit. A few songs aren't all that me but Obnoxiously Sexual, Another Life, Crossfade and God Application are all pretty good. Looking forward to seeing them on Friday.

mmmm, Monday, 24 November 2014 20:50 (seven years ago) link

three years pass...

Anyone keeping up with them? There was a new album this week, apparently.

djh, Monday, 26 February 2018 20:02 (four years ago) link

Feel it's been downhill from Arabian Horse. I've listened to the subsequent albums, but never a second time. I wonder whether they changed or I did.

It's because I'm human, isn't it?! (Sanpaku), Monday, 26 February 2018 21:38 (four years ago) link

Ha, yes. I've had that thought.

djh, Monday, 26 February 2018 22:06 (four years ago) link

New one is OK but the vocals are all Daniel I think and they're better with a bit
more variety of voices as on AH.

nashwan, Monday, 26 February 2018 22:16 (four years ago) link

ten months pass...

i listened to Mexico a lot when it came out but find i rarely want to come back to it. Arabian Horse remains a masterpiece though, not a single weak track (even Magnified Love has some redeeming qualities).

i'm liking the latest (Lies Are More Flexible) a lot. it seems more subdued? like it's a winter album while Mexico was a summer album. and while some tracks are closer to Mexico (continuing the tradition of using perhaps the most boring track as the title track) Featherlight / Lifetime / Fuel would all fit on AH. Featherlight is beautiful, in the same manner Seamoss is but with vocal.

agreed on variety of voices! - while John Grant can replace Högni there are times on Fireworks and Lifetime where you can almost hear Earth bits here and there.

scanner darkly, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 22:45 (three years ago) link

ha, Selfoss, not Seamoss!

scanner darkly, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 22:47 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

bumping this because "Gun" is a really, really great song

Totino's Fortnite Training Room (DJP), Monday, 4 January 2021 20:05 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

Oh, I do love Gus Gus:

djh, Sunday, 23 May 2021 19:00 (one year ago) link

Siri, show me a video indebted to "Windowlicker" that is more restrained but more unsettling

80's hair metal , and good praise music ! (DJP), Monday, 24 May 2021 13:49 (one year ago) link

Yes, that.

djh, Monday, 24 May 2021 17:15 (one year ago) link

the album must be getting close! iirc correctly, Biggi said in an interview they were going to release 5 or so tracks before the album, and we now have:

Stay The Ride
Our World
Love Is Alone

loving all the new stuff. my comment above about Lies being a winter companion to summer Mexico - Biggi said something very close in the same interview, they had a bunch of more introvert / darker tracks, and Mexico (he didn’t name it but that’s what he likely was referring to) was the extrovert stuff they decided to release at the time.

scanner darkly, Monday, 24 May 2021 17:32 (one year ago) link

and this collab with Bjarki is beautiful!

scanner darkly, Monday, 24 May 2021 17:33 (one year ago) link

Strange. I love Gus Gus but feel like I've completely lost touch. Turns out that I've only missed "Lies ... ". "Love Is Alone" has sucked me back into their world.

djh, Monday, 24 May 2021 17:48 (one year ago) link

i still regard the Attention - Forever - 24/7 run as aimless experimentation that resulted mostly in misses (with a few really great tracks), but feels like once they crystallized their sound on Arabian Horse, they’ve been following it to great results.

scanner darkly, Monday, 24 May 2021 19:27 (one year ago) link

that's funny--arabian horse felt like a peak to me with diminishing returns after, but maybe i just never found a way into those later records. "love is alone" is great tho.

adam, Monday, 24 May 2021 19:31 (one year ago) link

AH is still their greatest album, but Mexico and Lies are both very coherent and listenable albums, which can't be said about Forever / 24/7 which feel like half baked demos at times

scanner darkly, Monday, 24 May 2021 19:57 (one year ago) link

Just playing Selfoss/Arabian Horse/Over and, yeah, that was an incredible version of Gus Gus.

djh, Monday, 24 May 2021 20:15 (one year ago) link

Drunkenly re-reading this thread and ...

"I really thought they were going to be the new Underworld."

Yeah, this. I thought they were going to be fucking massive.

I also enjoyed reading this:

"I doubt I'll hear another album as obsessively designed as Arabian Horse from this year. Every surface is sandblasted aluminium, with but a few cues to the listener that mnml/tech house is another shape of folk music. Highly recommended for fans of Luomo."

And pleased to have found my old best of track list. Had forgotten about that.

djh, Monday, 24 May 2021 20:33 (one year ago) link

was there a poll on AH? if not we should do one!

scanner darkly, Monday, 24 May 2021 20:55 (one year ago) link

That playlist:

Hadn't quite realised that I was so pro-Polydistortion and then Arabian Horse.

Likely to have been compiled while messy and open to the idea that other tracks are better.

djh, Monday, 24 May 2021 21:33 (one year ago) link

I only discovered Arabian Horse this year but it's probably my most played album of 2021. Really incredible sound design and tunes and vocals. All-around wonderful album

Vinnie, Monday, 24 May 2021 23:35 (one year ago) link

the new album is out!

scanner darkly, Friday, 28 May 2021 16:14 (one year ago) link

Thanks! Good album but my God I've danced to "Simple Tuesday" all three times I've listened to it.

willem, Friday, 28 May 2021 21:29 (one year ago) link

surprised it wasn’t one of the lead tracks!

scanner darkly, Saturday, 29 May 2021 02:49 (one year ago) link

some interesting bits in this interview:

scanner darkly, Saturday, 29 May 2021 17:58 (one year ago) link

and this is a great behind the scene look album by album:

lots of interesting details there. daníel was in eurovision?!

scanner darkly, Saturday, 29 May 2021 19:27 (one year ago) link

The Grapevine feature is, um, a curious thing. It's interesting, though.

djh, Saturday, 29 May 2021 21:22 (one year ago) link

I know surprisingly little about this band for how much I've listened to them, so the Grapevine retrospective was enlightening

Vinnie, Saturday, 29 May 2021 23:25 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Arabian Horse - or at least the tracks in my playlist - sounding incredible tonight.

djh, Thursday, 17 June 2021 20:41 (one year ago) link

You should add the other Arabian Horse tracks to your playlist as well because there isn’t a duff track on that album

I am using your worlds, Thursday, 17 June 2021 21:31 (one year ago) link

i’d swap magnified love for something from mexico/lies/mobile home and then it’d be a perfect album

scanner darkly, Thursday, 17 June 2021 21:45 (one year ago) link

I love those quick synth note clusters in "Magnified Love", they make the track for me. I am using your worlds otm

Vinnie, Thursday, 17 June 2021 23:35 (one year ago) link

i was going to say we should poll it again so i just went ahead and made a poll:
lost in your POLL - GusGus Arabian Horse

scanner darkly, Friday, 18 June 2021 02:58 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

the cover of Fancy "Bolero" feat John Grant is out:

i would love a full italo disco GusGus album.. Ali Schwarz's remix is nice too

scanner darkly, Friday, 5 August 2022 18:28 (one week ago) link

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