Release Date: Feb 12, 2021
Record label: Because Music
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
I don't really get why Django Django aren't bigger than they are. Their first three albums were glorious musical celebrations filled with great ideas, pop sensibility, retro chic, catchy riffs, and huge sing-along choruses. What's not to like? In my mind they are main stage headliners at every festival with the crowd lapping it up. As I ponder this, I'm also reminded that their last album, 'Marble Skies', came out in 2018.
Django Django arrived fully-formed with an unmistakable sonic identity which earned them a Mercury nod in 2012. The group's sound is so pungent with their own unique splash of airy vocals, glitchy electronics and rustic grooves, it's sometimes hard to differentiate one track from the next. This is no bad thing if you're smitten with their sound - and fourth album 'Glowing In The Dark' embraces a more rustic approach favouring dusty synths and guitar over the glossy sheen of predecessor 'Marble Skies'.
British band Django Django's fourth album brings more of what longterm fans have come to expect: arty yet muscular grooves, sleek vocal delivery and a heady mixture of electronic and rockish sounds. Their bag of tricks is put to good use on Glowing In The Dark, with a host of catchy melodies and lush accompaniments to ease the record along. Opening track Spirals begins with an accelerating arpeggiator line, all very climactic and proggy, before a driving beat kicks in to anchor the track.
When London-based four-piece Django Django began peeking out of their bedroom studio, around the dawn of the last decade, synth-toting psych-rockers were already climbing festival lineup posters from Brooklyn to Perth. But nobody else had a chopped-up robot vocal hook that could split the difference between the Mercury Prize shortlist and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, like their self-titled debut album and its wonky standout, "Default. " The next two albums, 2015's Born Under Saturn and 2018's Marble Skies, kept dabbling across styles--from surf-rock to dancehall--but never matched that early sensation of nerdish epiphany.