- Vinyl (5 Mar. 2012)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: Import
- Label: HELLCAT RECORDS
- ASIN: B006E7BUIO
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,175 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Django Django, who met at art school in Edinburgh, first came to peoples' attentions after a gradual migration to London a couple of years back. 2009’s double A-side single "Storm"/"Love's Dart" laid the blueprint for a confident, adventurous and psychedelically-bruised strain of art-rock that melds intangible electronic flourishes to the visceral rub of live instrumentation. The time since has been spent holed away, expanding upon that blueprint, seeing where they can push it. This eponymous first album is the result and a sign of things to come.
Begone, indie-is-dead doom-mongers! As east London-based, Edinburgh-formed four-piece Django Django prove on this thrilling debut long-play platter, there’s life in the old dogged-by-disdain genre yet. Smart but not showy, clever but never at the expense of a catchy hook, this is ‘indie’ par excellence: guitars that ring through the mix like a clarion call from the inspired to take up arms against the dunderheaded legions of lad-rockers; buzzing synths that swirl around like a cloud of friendly wasps; lyrics delivered in mantras, summoning forth similar sermons to those once purveyed by the mighty Beta Band.
Django Django (part of a proud tradition of repeated-word tunesmiths, following the lineage of Talk Talk and Duran Duran; they’re actually named in honour of one of Django Reinhardt’s tutors who, so the story goes, had a stammer) call Because their label home and, much like another of the stable’s finer signings, Metronomy, their combination of dance moves, deep grooves and itchy guitars is, once the taste is taken to, wholly irresistible. It’s an unusual but potent potion they proffer, at turns funky and scratchy, propulsive with its percussion and, moments later, content to drift on waves of enveloping oscillation.
At its best, this album tweaks like the very best avant-pop should: with singular style and mass audience-embracing accessibility. So, the cowbell-clanging, bassline-throbbing Zumm Zumm – "Got to get to know / Got to get to know" times infinity – is a first-play pick; so too is the 6 Music playlisted Default, which at its outset sounds like The White Stripes taken hold of by Franz Ferdinand – naturally, it soon eclipses such convenient parallels by morphing into a low-end-wobbling creation entirely of its own design. That the band’s ‘leader’, David Maclean, is their drummer provides many pre-play clues as to the sound presented here: it’s rhythm leading melody, cadence over leap-out choruses, albeit in an altogether more ear canal-caressing form than the racket mustered by the similarly percussively powerful HEALTH – Black Sabbath to Django’s Black Lace. (If the latter were awesomeness squared, and not awful Eurovision also-rans, obviously.) Point is: this is pure pop to listeners of a certain persuasion.
But just as The Beta Band fizzled out without making a significant mainstream name for themselves, and the sublime Super Furry Animals have never captured as many hearts as their rather-less-inspired countrymen Stereophonics, Django Django could be forever confined to the pop sidelines. Which would be tremendously disappointing for anyone bemoaning indie’s vapid uniformity: for here, sirs and madams, is a proposition to confound your expectations of what such a band should be and excite your senses to fresh possibilities.
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Top Customer Reviews
The vocal arrangements are done to perfection, and the whole thing a wondrous journey of psychedelic inventiveness. Recommended.
Default is one of the most catchy and wonderful tunes you are likely to hear this year. Cut up vocals, electronic noises, drumming at the centre of the piece and melody. It really is a wow moment the first time you listen to it. It is so good you wonder if everything else would stand up. However, tracks like Waveforms, WOR and Zumm Zumm deliver as well. WOR has a Duane Eddy style guitar riff the somehow emerges from the sounds of a siren. Zumm Zumm starts with an almost demented alien sounding riff and then emerges into a catchy number. A lot of these tracks sound like Beta Band and if you liked them then you'll like this. Its a bit more dance inspired and upbeat than some of their numbers but if you want a guide then they are the closest I have heard.
The joy of this is that every track develops as it goes along and delivers percussion led pop with good harmonies. Its inventive, catchy and above all else fun. Its an early contender for album of the year and is a worthwhile investment.
For those of you who have heard the single "Default" by Edinburgh come East London inspired psychedelic art pop rockers Django Django the fundamental problem of how you stop playing the damn thing faces you almost immediately. It is a fantastic pop song, so infectious it could give you a rash and as clever as First Class honours degree. Between the four band members of Django Django there seems a rare ability to tap into influences such as the Beta Band, Hot Chip and Franz Ferdinand and yet largely utterly transcend them.
Can the band keep up this level of inventiveness and style over the duration of a long player. The answer is too right they can. This debut oozes verve and joy de vivre with songs to match. "Hail bop" has pounding electronics accompanied by large hand claps, distorted surf guitar and a set of deadpan vocals will have you bouncing all the way to the repeat button. Its an instant classic and as a sign of respect should be bought not downloaded! Instinctively you should approach with care any track with a name as daft as "Zumm Zumm" but its actually a funky joy with repetitive distant echoes of the Animal Collective's "Summertime clothes" which is no bad thing. It is not all zip and fizz since they prove in a song as deft as the "Hand of man" their ability to write an acoustic folk rock ballad which could have happily graced any recent Steve Mason solo effort and it's a lovely introduction to the band comprising Dave Maclean who doubles up on production, Vincent Neff, Tommy Grace and Jimmy Dixon. The song "Love Dart" has actually been around since 2009 and the description in the Guardian of this "sounding like a folk group drunk on cider playing Spandau Ballet's Chant No 1" cannot be bettered.Read more ›
I always worry with debuts that the one famous song will be the only good track on the album but fortunately this album delivers on every track. Very dance-y in places, quiet in others, it's a very accomplished debut. I'd say if you liked the Animal Collective or Caribou you'd like this too.
My fave tracks are the livelier ones - Default, Storm and Life's A Beach - but I also particularly like the harmonies and melody of Hand of Man which is much more pared back and in contrast to the electronic sounds on some of the other tracks.
Totally worth a listen! Now to try and get tickets to a live show...
The album has a great mix of harmonised vocals, foot tapping beats and synths. Doesn't sound catchy but turns out to be more infectious than nits in a nursery.
Each listen results in a new favourite and it carries on delivering right to the end, where many albums start 'winding down' around track 8 or 9 this keeps going
with some real gems like Storm and Silver Rays.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first heard these guys on a TV add for Google and the album is weird but brilliant. A mix between weird and wonderful and indie hippy dance.Published 4 months ago by kathleen blackley
I was recommended to buy this by a friend and I love it. The clarity of sound in the recording of this alternative style of music is just amazing.Published 12 months ago by Cajon Queen