Born Under Saturn is the second album (at last!) from Django Django. From the sound of ‘First Light’, the initial single, it seems that Django Django will be targeting summer happiness with these thirteen tracks. A blend of '60s harmonies and more contemporary synth-basslines turns out to be pretty fine combo. Out on Because Music.
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There’s definitely more difficult jobs in the world than this - I understand that- but having to review a record in real time is certainly a tricky proposition and so this review comes with the caveat that I’m listening to this record for the first time in my life and so... well ...it’s not going to get a chance to grow is it?
Django Django are one of the more interesting bands to appear in the last few years. They are kind of tuneful, psychy and brimming with joi de vivre despite coming from Scotland where most people are sad and miserable. This is their second album following on from the much enjoyed self titled debut. I’ve been looking for the track list everywhere and have now found it….on the back of the CD case of all places. Anyway this detour has given me chance to fully listen to opener ‘Giant’ which is a glorious technicolour overcoat of a track bursting forth with melody especially towards the end with the catchy almost rapped vocals.
‘Shake and Tremble’ will appeal to anyone who has enjoyed a Tame Impala record in their time although the Django's are a much more poppy proposition, I suppose on this evidence they are Hermans Hermits to Tame Impala's Beatles. By now the template of the album is set, it’s late 60’s hazy pop re-badged for a post rave generation and I can certainly hear both Temples and Klaxons in ‘Found You’ while lead single ‘First Light’ is a brilliant piece of pastoral pop that hints at what Wild Beasts last one could have sounded like with a bit more balls.
My only concern at this stage is an odd one, it sounds almost too good and too obvious. This happened with the Temples album which I declared it a work of genius on release but soon got completely sick of. Django Django’s lavish pop might just be too in ya face for repeated listens, Only time will tell and I don’t have much more of that right now.
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