Django Django have announced their new album Glowing In The Dark, will drop on February 12th via Because Music (Christine And The Queens, Jorja Smith). The album has a running theme of escape: from despair, from constraints, from small town life, and even, in dreams, from the Earth. The title track and new single, sample from one of Dave Maclean’s spoken word records then plushly upholstered with Moog synths and drum loops, it is accompanied by some eye strobing visuals from rapidly ascending NYC artist and illustrator Braulio Amado.
Amado, who has done incredible work for Roisin Murphy, The New York Times and many more made the video at the height of lockdown, directing lead singer Vincent Neff remotely. It is an incredible example of amazing art that could only have been made under such constraints. Neff explains:
He gave me some loose directions of what he wanted me to do via email. Then me and my brother in law got a tripod, my phone and a speaker and went to a deserted industrial estate around the back of my house and shot a bunch of stuff then turned the footage over to Braulio. We love what he’s done with it and how the energy and vibe of the visuals really lock with the track.
Amado on the video:
I didn’t want to be literal and do something *glowing in the dark*, so in my head the video is somewhat an abstract representation of the song title without being too obvious. I wanted it to feel organic, I wanted it to feel trippy, vibrant and colourful. This was done during the pandemic, with Vinny shooting himself on a greenscreen at home with his iphone, so I just wanted to take him out of the weird world and time we are all living through right now and transport him to a more fun place far away from here.
The miniature road movie “Waking Up”, meanwhile, with its hints of T Rex and Serge Gainsbourg’s “Bonnie and Clyde” might be mainly acoustic and softly sung but it rockets along with breathless anticipation, the addition of Gainsbourg’s daughter Charlotte on vocals adding extra glamour. While “Free From Gravity” might be the most complete expression of the bands influences coming together, with beautiful cascading bleep melodies and strings wrapping around the funkiest stop-start drum machine and a relentlessly infectious bassline to perfectly embody the bittersweet theme of yearning to “escape everything that’s weighing you down”.
Glowing in the Dark
Right The Wrongs
Got Me Worried
Waking Up (feat. Charlotte Gainsbourg)
Free From Gravity
Night Of The Buffalo
The World Will Turn
Kick The Devil Out
Glowing In The Dark
Asking For More
Glowing in the Dark will be released via Because Music on February 12, 2021 on limited edition glow-in-the-dark vinyl, standard black vinyl, CD and digital download/streaming on all usual platforms. Pre-order the album here