By Bryony Holdsworth
The art-rock London quartet have released their third studio album Marble Skies– a kaleidoscope of neo-psychedelia. The ten track LP is a genre-blurring passion project, and asserts a solid identity for the once underground band.
The album opens with the titular track ‘Marble Skies’, a rich colour palette of 60s surf music and 70s symphonic pop. It successfully blends these two components to create a polished fun-house of dramatic vocoder. In ‘Tic Tac Toe’, the track spins into a more upbeat groove, feverishly picking up the pace until it eventually bursts into a chorus of electronic melodies and intricate looping percussion.
‘Sundials’ is easily one of the best numbers on the album, opening with a blend of orchestral piano and harmonic vocals. It’s achingly beautiful, Vincent Neff’s voice exuding both sensuality and heart-breaking melancholy. Clouds of alto-sax drift across the surface, forming a delicious fusion of jazz and electro. The album feels other-worldly in many ways, heightened by the deliberate decision to use an atmospheric influencer behind many of the song titles: ‘Sundials’, ‘Marble Skies’ and ‘Surface to Air’. This celestial beauty warbles over the artistic canvas, occasionally sending out electric shocks and bewildering musical feedback. It’s a polychromatic masterpiece.
The album is determined to blend a variety of musical styles into every track, as ‘Further’ mutates into a marching rhythm brushed with twanging electric guitar. Fading to crackling static, the track demonstrates Django Django’s enviable musical talent. The tracks feel alive as the epicentre of their art and fashion metamorphoses into an untamed, psychedelic beast. “We will do it all again” they proclaim. The music world certainly hopes so.