Django Django – Glowing in the Dark – Album Review

Synth-lovers of the world unite and takeover. Art rock four-piece Django Django are back with their new album ‘Glowing in the Dark’.

Django Django are back, hold on to your space helmets

Django Django Return

Since releasing their self-titled debut album to industry acclaim way back in 2012, Django Django have been positively allergic to pigeon-holing. Switching up their sound at the drop of a hat.

But, when you posses the ability to tackle multiple genres like these guys, you’d probably take your sound for a wander too now & again, right?

Now, ‘Glowing in the Dark’ is here as the fourth instalment on the band’s celestial discography. Those who were put off by the cosmic trajectory of previous albums ‘Born Under Saturn’ & ‘Marble Skies’ might welcome this apparent return to the launchpad of synthy-goodness.  

The new album is here!

‘Glowing in the Dark’

Early releases from the record included the title track and the ethereal ‘Spirals’. It now seems these two tunes whetted the appetite for what was to come. Full to bursting with synthy hedonism, ‘Spirals’ is first on the album track list and it whisks you up from second one.

The elongated intro sets you up, before Vincent Neff’s vocal gives the whole thing direction. Which is pretty much a metaphor for the whole album. The sounds are wide and far-ranging, but without the intelligent, soothing tones of Neff there would be nothing to talk about.

When you’re just about to wonder what’s happening on certain tracks, he comes through again, like when you remove the lid from the saucepan to stop your potatoes from boiling over – admittedly, there’s probably more romantic iconography available to sum up Neff’s importance, but we like potatoes.

Journey of celestial discovery

‘Waking Up’ features the lilting vocal skills of Charlotte Gainsbourg and it’s a track full beauty and talent. A wonderful change of pace that you just don’t expect.

The album’s not without its question marks though, that seems to be par for the course for a Django Django record. Tracks like ‘Got Me Worried’ and, later on ‘The World Will Turn’ certainly raise the eyebrows, if not the heartbeat. One deviates into psycho-billy, post-punk type sounds, while the other investigates folksy tones. Strange arrangements to come to terms with.

But then ‘The Ark’ and ‘Night of the Buffalo’ come in, like a balm. Offering musical respite and the chance to gather your thoughts before restarting the journey to the heavens again, settled on foundations of driving drum beats and growing synths.

‘Hold Fast’ is a pleasure to behold, the intoxicating infusion of heavy snyths and those feathery vocals remind you just why this band are so revered. Let it envelop your senses and carry you away on some shimmering celestial cloud.

Then ‘Asking For More’ asks nothing. A wonderful resurgence of winding and rising snyths, perfect Neff vocals, and driving drums. Almost Tame Impala-like in its approach.

What do we think?

That final track works its magic like a Men In Black Neuroliser. You forget all about those flight of fancy tunes and just focus on the story this track is giving you, one of happiness and joy.

On the whole it definitely feels like the good-ship Django Django is certainly starting to find the right gear with ‘Glowing in the Dark’. Those with a passion for synths and a similar contempt for pigeon-holing will love it.

‘Glowing in the Dark’ is available now. 

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