£9.99 – 12″ Vinyl EP & CD
Shortly after completing their critically acclaimed Top 20 album Marble Skies last year, Django Django found themselves in the midst of an extended rush of inspiration. Before Marble Skies had even been released, they returned to their HQ to record a selection of new material with drummer Dave Maclean on production duties. The result is the all-new six-track EP Winter’s Beach.
The lead track ‘Swimming At Night’ – which was premiered by BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne – is Django Django at their most gloriously unpredictable. Its deceptively linear beat soon progresses into something altogether more leftfield, with a coherent collision of vintage synths, vocoders, tight vocal harmonies and surrealist lyrics about “living with life forms under the water”.
Commencing with the mood-setting instrumental opening title track, the ‘Winter’s Beach’ EP sparkles with the creative energy of a band who are fully embracing their artist freedom. It’s followed by ‘Sand Dunes’, which reiterates the band’s unique ability to set post-apocalyptic imagery and themes of rebirth to beautifully futuristic sounds.
Elsewhere, ‘Flash Forward’ pulsates with an ominous and rapid-fire dancefloor energy; ‘Ghost Rider’ takes flight with some otherworldly psychedelic grooves; and ‘Blue Hazy Highs’ sounds like today’s Django Django time-travelling back to the Summer of Love.
A1. Winter’s Beach
A2. Sand Dunes
A3. Swimming At Night
B1. Flash Forward
B2. Ghost Rider
B3. Blue Hazy Highs