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ARTIST
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Django Django
FORMAT
2LP+CD

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BEC 5161106 BEC 5161106
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RELEASE DATE
3/13/2012

Django Django have been busy doing great things in the East London bedroom slept in by their drummer, producer and de facto leader, David Maclean. The result of those great things is a great self-titled debut record. "Time gives you options, and we had plenty of that," says Vincent Neff, the singer and guitarist who -- along with bassist Jimmy Dixon and synth operator Tommy Grace -- completes Django Django. The quartet, who met at art school in Edinburgh, first came to peoples' attentions after a gradual migration to London a couple of years back. 2009's double A-side single Storm/Love's Dart laid the blueprint for a confident, adventurous and psychedelically-bruised strain of art-rock that melds intangible electronic flourishes to the visceral rub of live instrumentation. The time since has been spent holed away, expanding upon that blueprint, seeing where they can push it. The impression one gets of Django Django is of a band laying down the first, meticulously-measured borders on some vast map of a world that only they are privy to. Correspondent to that, each track is like its own nation of harmonies, rhythms and textures. What that means in practice is the swooning, bucolic Beach Boy-isms of opening track "Hail Bop," the sterner, questing Bo Diddley beat guitars of "Life's A Beach," the industrious, go-getting tattoo verses of "Firewater" and the sleepy cowboy sighs of "Silver Rays." "Default" and "Waveforms" are future singles. The former sounds like an uprising in a Mexican gun factory, the latter The Glitter Band's "Rock And Roll Part 2" disappearing from sight like a particularly successful Kongming lantern. By banging together their thirst for adventure and their exacting high standards, Django Django produced an album that seems to have everything, but on which everything never seems too much.