The best thing about being British is our constant ability to surprise ourselves; despite the charts being filled with auto tuned caricatures made for people who don’t shave yet, the genre which was once known as “Indie” has still produced some bold and intelligent sounds in the last decade from amongst others Metronomy, British Sea Power and Wild Beasts.
The latter are sadly (almost) no more, recently calling it a day despite modest commercial success whilst having the freedom to go where they wanted creatively, something of a holy grail for serious artists, but not always one that can sustain you through music’s constant record-promote-tour-record cycle.
Formed in Edinburgh, Django Django (the name has NOTHING to do with the French guitar maestro Django Reinhardt, they say) released their eponymously named debut album in 2012, which despite being largely recorded in production lynchpin David Maclean’s bedroom went on to sell 100,000 copies.
Marble Skies finds the quartet shifting the focus from the jam session feel of predecessor Born Under Saturn back to the dynamic demi-pop of single Tic Tac Toe, their signature harmonies, neat, clipped programming and angular guitars made for this year’s festival circuit and in the process giving MGMT a run for their money.
You can read a full review of Marble Skies here (Opens new window).