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Django Django - Born Under Saturn

  by Adrian Huggins

published: 8 / 6 / 2015

Django Django - Born Under Saturn
Label: Because Music
Format: CD


Highly anticipated second album from Mercury Prize nominated Django Django, which manages to surpass all hype

Django Django are a London-based indie band who formed in 2009 when its four members met at the Edinburgh College of Art. 'Born Under Saturn' is the band's much anticipated second album, and follows on from their 2012 self- titled debut album which was nominated for the Mercury Music prize. Django Django are currently embarking on an extensive tour of the UK, which will be followed by them going overseas for several months before returning to Britain in the summer for a string of UK festival appearances Django Django will no doubt face a whole load of "difficult second album" references with 'Born Under Saturn' being the follow-up to an incredibly popular and well-loved debut album. This is no doubt one of the most hotly anticipated albums of 2015. Often billed as an art rock act, the band manage to veer away from the twee, self-indulgent sort of music that classification can some times spit out and instead produce modern, pop-leaning tunes that makes them enjoyable to both the casual listener and the hardened music fan like. 'Giant' opens the album, and is as good a opening track as one could wish for with it's stomping piano and harmony-drenched vocals. 'Pause Repeat' has an infectious and great beat. It is playful indie-pop at its finest, and very reminiscent of Talking Heads. Django Django have carved themselves out a modern slant on the post punk of the 1980s, but firmly made it their own. 'Reflections' is one of their more electronic tracks and has a Dandy Warhols meets Hot Chip vibe to it. If that sounds appealing, then 'High Noon' is also well worth seeking out. 'Beginning to Fade' and 'Break the Glass' find the band seeking out mellower sounds, and both serve well to show their brilliant ability to construct a song and weave in brilliantly articulated imagery, all heavily under the influence of the psychedelic sounds of of Syd Barrett and Brian Wilson's wilder moments. My favourite track from the album is 'Shake and Tremble', which sounds like the summery cousin of the Cramps, with it prominent bass lines and devious and playful rhythms. Django Django are paving the way for intelligent but enjoyable pop music which has a ton of soul, and this is something that has been lacking for a long, long time.

Track Listing:-
1 Giant
2 Shake and Tremble
3 Found You
4 First Light
5 Pause Repeat
6 Reflections
7 Vibrations
8 Shot Down
9 High Moon
10 Beginning to Fade
11 4000 Years
12 Break the Glass
13 Life We Know

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