London’s Django Django have for years been in kind of an odd spot, neither full-on club-thumpers or esoteric synthetica. They’re not big electro-rock, nor twee indietronica. That can make them accessible to everyone, or beloved by no one. That continues even more so with the bright Glowing In the Dark.
As the album title indicates, Glowing is a bright record, from the spiraling upwards of opener “Spirals” to the nice moods of closer “Asking for More”. But from that bright line, Django Django do vary. There’s a whole lot of pop, best probably with the more balanced pop of “Free from Gravity”, than some of the cuter pieces like “Got Me Worried”. Yet the dance beats to “Kick the Devil Out” are angular, while “Waking Up” (featuring Charlotte Gainsbourg) is more of an up-swoon.
The variety and idiosyncrasies of Glowing In the Dark will probably keep it and Django Django from dominating the dance floors even in their hometown (when we have dance floors again…). But they’re also a memorable act that outlive the fashions of the day.