Artist: Django Django
Title: “Django Django”
The self-titled debut from London’s Django Django uses trickery to mask the quartet’s thin songwriting.
Fortunately, there are many places where they’re quite good at it. “Default” and “Firewater” make a dynamite duo early in the record, with the former subverting expectations with a stomping keyboard and bass hook and the latter digging out a breezy groove from handclaps and an acoustic guitar lick.
But too much studio wizardry obscures the fact that some of these songs are just magic tricks. Percussion plays a heavy roll, filling out songs such as “Storm” or “Love’s Dart,” which have a pleasant air about them even if they’re not particularly memorable.
“WOR” and “Skies Over Cairo,” both of which verge on being instrumentals, work better than some of the vocal tracks because they’re not tethered to basic song structure and free to follow their neo-psychedelic and indie electronic impulses.
It means the next time out, Django Django might want to overindulge, even at the risk of being seen as too into itself.
Our Music Year is Daily Republic popular culture writer Nick DeCicco’s yearlong online review in 2012 of albums he had previously not listened to. The reviews will appear in print on their corresponding days during 2013. Reach him at 427-6966 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ndeciccodr.