Django Django - 'Glowing In The Dark'

8/10

Since the release of their stunning self-titled debut album in 2012, London's Django Django have proven themselves as one of the more distinctive and inventive names running around right now. With a direction that sees them adopt conventional indie-pop troupes and reinvent them into a unique and consistent intention, they have remained one of the true gems on the new music scene for the last decade. And after 2018's 'Marble Skies' showed that there was no sign of slowing them down anytime soon, they return with their fourth full-length 'Glowing In The Dark', a record that delivers the next phase of their ever-evolving sound.

When you compare this album to their initial work, the progression seems obvious, but with two LPs bridging the gap between then and now, it simply feels that 'Glowing In The Dark' is just the next step into their more-rounded aesthetic. Moving further away from the more upbeat and danceable offerings, this new collection showcases them as a sombre and driven outfit that are more concerned with sonic creativity than instantly ear-grabbing hooks. So rather than look to envelop your interest with something fast and exciting, they play the slow burn game and deliver a more intrinsic release that pushes their innovative spark as far as it'll go.

They may be a long way from their commercially successful heyday, but 'Glowing In The Dark' shows that they are still the same brilliant and unpredictable Rubik's Cube of musical ambition. Even after you've listen to the whole thing again and again, you never quite feel you have digested it all, giving it an incomparable hold on your attention that very few manage to replicate.

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