Bands are rarely led by their drummers – there's too big a risk of 25-minute tom-tom solos. But David Maclean, mastermind of the delightful new group Django Django, is an exception. He and his band take a light, spry approach to their groove-centered music, which is experimental but never dour. On their debut (which came out overseas in January), the Djangos are minimalists, working in the lineage of Stereolab, krautrock and the softly alien sounds of Brian Eno. Guitarist Vincent Neff sings about modern life ("the rattle of drums, the click of my thumbs") and the dazed feeling of getting lost in nature. And wherever they travel, Django Django sound relaxed and joyful.
Listen to Django Django's "Default":
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