Django Django

Studio Album by released in 2012

Django Django review

Which Django is it about?

The name of the beginning ensemble Django Django is bound to spark the flame of nostalgia in the hearts of those film fans who are fond of so-called spaghetti westerns. The rise of the genre occurred in the sixties and seventies of the last century, and one of the best examples are the series of movies about a very tough guy called Django. However, he has nothing to do with why the British picked this name as their own. As they confessed, the ensemble was named like that to honor the memory of the great jazzman and innovator Django Rheinhart. This means Django Django is not a work executed in the spirit of western soundtracks, but another effort to bring a new perspective of indie-rock. The creative British did not fear to take up the genre where everything seems to be said and done. Yet it is not what it seems.

So many faces of electronic music

In fact, Django Django saved some room for western music, at the very beginning. The acoustic guitar in Introduction swiftly carries us into the sunburned sands of Wild West deserts. The band will come back to analogous tricks on several more occasions, but that would be totally incorrect to say that these motifs are fundamental on the album. Well, what is then? Actually, the question disarms even most experienced listeners. Django Django, apparently, strive to demonstrate the wide span of their music preferences. Still, you would effortlessly spot similarity of vocal harmonies to those by Beach Boys. The definition of music is a tougher task. One of the record’s highlights, Default, is built on a mighty rhythmic core and retro styled special effects borrowed from German electronic wizards. Yet this one is drastically different from an acoustic tale called Hand Of Man with leaning to folk. Nonetheless, the dominating part of the Django Django record is still driven by electronic sound and thorough rhythmic structures. At the same time the British band proves efficiently that electronic music may be extremely various, and we can’t help believing them. Just compare Zumm Zumm with exotic percussion, and Skies Over Cairo with Egypt melodies and a futuristic intro.

Way to go, Django Django

The Django Django album does not run out of surprises to the very end of its forty-eight minute list. Once accustomed to multi-layered synthesizers, we will be glad to discover rock and roll in Wor strengthened with an excellent bass play. This one is followed by another remarkable song, Storm. This is where finally the prize goes to the melody of the vocals, having something in common with The Beatles, and the lyrics. So far, frankly, Django Django do not work on words as hard as on music, but the young men have all the time in the world. For a debut album they did much more than they could be asked for. Django Django is an illustration of true indie rock, music with transparent boundaries and most unexpected combinations. These lads set an example to prove that taste and creativity are the keys to working wonders in any particular genre. Django Django is an eclectic record where, on the one hand, the stylistic wholeness is preserved, and on the other, each track offers something new. Way to go, rookies!