Music review: Born Under Saturn by Django Django - richer and bolder
Born Under Saturn
From Tame Impala to The Flaming Lips to the glorious, but now sadly defunct Beta Band, there are many modern-day acts willing to journey through the swirling landscape of psychedelia first explored by a young Pink Floyd and the eclectic bands of the 1960s.
Kaleido-folktronic quartet Django Django are another such band grabbing hazy elements of the past to forge a bright and trippy future. Three years on from their eponymous Mercury-nominated debut, an inventive and playful record mostly recorded in the home of bandleader Dave Maclean, Born Under Saturn sees the native Scots confidently build a richer and bolder studio sound to its lo-fi bedroom predecessor.
Partially recorded in the hipster paradise of East London, the laid-back vocals of singer Vincent Neff are instantly recognisable as spirited opening track Giant rolls in on a baggy Madchester beat, piano and tambourine driving the tight harmonies to a euphoric chorus. Shake and Tremble follows, embracing 1950s twangy surf rock and aping the mind-altering sounds of Ayahuasca swigging rockers The Bees, before the military beat and Beach Boys harmonies of lead single First Light ("First light, the fields are ablaze/ Cuts through the haze, light it up quicker") remind us how sorely we miss those Welsh stoners the Super Furry Animals.
With deeper layers of dark synth and a pulsating electro heartbeat, the album has a more cohesive feel to it but it will likely receive criticism for sounding a little samey. Still, give it more than a couple of spins and a clew of earworms ( 4000 Years, Vibrations and the fantastic Reflections) will bury themselves deep inside your head for days to come. It's the warped sounds of summer as heard from space.