Marble Skies is the third album from London-based art-rock band, Django Django. Described by NME as: “A fizzing, furious new wave and disco mash-up,” Marble Skies is rather Frankenstein in nature, containing a frenzied concoction of influences, alluding to Kraftwerk, Pet Shop Boys, Pink Floyd and The Beach Boys.
This isn’t by any means a negative mix; the dance-minded album boasts catchy anthemic melodies from front-man Vincent Neff, vintage synthesizers, uplifting basslines and quirky arrangements. Marble Skies follows their 2015 album, Born Under Saturn, and their self-titled debut in 2012.
Django Django drummer and producer Dave Maclean found inspiration for the album title and consequential track in the Chicago skies, “It was really amazing…The sky looked like a massive sheet of marble. We were all just kind of staring at it. It triggered something.” The line-up is completed by Tommy Grace on synths and bassist Jimmy Dixon.
Notable tracks include: the intoxicating ‘Surface to Air’, which features the vocalist Rebecca Taylor of the British folk duo Slow Club; the psychedelic indie anthem, ‘Tic Tac Toe’; and the understated ‘Sundials’. Available on black 12” vinyl and limited edition pink and blue 12” vinyl (includes CD and poster), this album offers a much-needed alternative to tropical pop.
1. Marble Skies
2. Surface to Air
4. Tic Tac Toe
2. Beam Me Up
3. In Your Beat
4. Real Gone
Released: January 2018
Cat: BEC5543250 / Because Music