Django Django - Self Titled
Released March 26th, 2012 - Warner Music
Hailing from London this is the self-titled debut album from British psychedelic quartet Django Django, whose name may or may not be derived from Belgian Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Though they protest otherwise, it's a name that sums up the band as it's a little mysterious.
Buzz has slowly been building for this psychedelic pop group, and now they have finally delivered with a debut album warranting all hype - catchy tunes, effective melodies, sing-a-longs, and uniqueness that sets it apart from what's out there.
Django Django have made a clever album consisting of 13 songs that are well written and well produced. There's tribal drumming and chanting in the opening song 'Introduction', plenty of stomping drums and hand-clapping in 'Love Dart' and 'Firewater' which is lead by a smooth bass-line and hand-claps followed by an acoustic guitar which rides into a catchy choral sing-a-long.
Like most in this album, it's beautifully written with each instrument subtlety playing a major part in maintaining its psychedelic pop base.
The infectious 'Hail Bop' sounds almost like The Doors mixed with some 80s synth-pop, while 'Storm' and the aptly titled 'Life's A Beach' showcase a surf-rock type movement destined to make you groove long with the album even more.
There's plenty of rhythm throughout Django Django's self-titled debut, and it's enlightening to put on a record and generally feel like a band has been smart about the choices they've made in terms of the production and writing, and Django Django have done that. They may be doing something that's slightly different but it's very exciting, and their self-titled album is something that shouldn't be missed.