Album Review: Django Django - Marble Skies
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On a quest to rake through all the synthesiser presets of modern pop music, Django Django bring up a vast variety of sounds from contemporary chart-tronica, to the crude saw teeth of the 80s and the atmospheric pads of the digital 90s.
Photo Credit: Fiona GardenThe flow of Marble Skies is nothing short of magnificent; each track blends into the next as slickly as the most pristine of DJ sets, morphing effortlessly between songs. Yet behind this glossy sheen, the classic Django sound remains – a bouncy kind of desert pop that borrows much of its motifs from the early 60s, fused with a gracious nod to the Stone Roses. As a piece, it works better as a whole than as individual tracks, perhaps explaining why just the two singles were put out prior to the release. Zoom in too far and you might find the core song-writing lacking beyond the interesting instrumentation. The opening, and title, track throws you straight into a brisk Krautrock-influenced train ride. Stabbing synths build up and beneath is a distinctly hollow electric guitar, there to remind us of the band’s origins in surf sounds. As the song progresses, a clavichord chimes in – a cornerstone of their debut album and vocoder lyrics rise above a building instrumental that drops away to an isolated picked bass interlude. Strong vocal harmonies provide a solid introduction to the record, which dissolves into a sound bed of rich swirling tones.
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