Marble Skies

Django Django - Marble Skies
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2018 Ratings: #395 / 719
User Score
Based on 144 ratings
2018 Ratings: #566
January 26, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Northern Transmissions

On Django Django’s third album Marble Skies, they scale down the eye-widening polyrhythms of their dense previous album Born Under Saturn without denying themselves the sense of adventurism that the British art rockers have possessed since their self-titled debut.

81
GIGsoup
Much more fun and accessible than it’s predecessor, the record is a certain return to the form that beamed them onto the scene in 2012, even if it is a wholesomely more poppy affair.
80
Exclaim!
It's a mature and refined album woven deeply enough into pop's historical fabric to please connoisseurs, but with enough lightness and fun for casual appeal as well.
80
AllMusic

More nuanced than previous releases but recognizably brand-related, Marble Skies is another win for Django Django.

80
NME
The future sound of 2012 is mating here with the current sound of Yates’ wine lodge, and quite possibly creating the sound of 2018.
80
The Guardian
They may never make a perfect album – a certain unevenness seems inbuilt in their approach, where not every experiment turns out quite the way you might have hoped – but they’re capable of making music that sounds close to perfection.
80
DIY
Django Django never sound like they’re not having fun. This album feels purposely written to soundtrack their future barbecues, like they’re just playing what they’d want to dance to. That kind of pure, genuine enthusiasm is always infectious, and ‘Marble Skies’ feels like a joy ride.
80
The Observer
Their third album is as eclectic as ever, a winning meld of sunny harmonies, pulsing Krautrock rhythms and psychedelia-tinged vocals, all refracted through the prism of dance music dynamics. But this time there’s a welcome economy to the songwriting and nothing outstays its welcome.
80
Under The Radar

Marble Skies probably won't change anyone's mind about Django Django; it's a touch scattershot and not every experimentation works perfectly. But those qualities usually dog indie rock groups on their "difficult third album," and this one functions beautifully as a step further for Django Django. It's full of creative songwriting and risks that mostly pay off.

80
musicOMH

Marble Skies tightens everything up again. The renewed, lean sound is brought into sharp relief by vocals from Vincent Neff that speak again of pure enjoyment.

78
Paste

Marble Skies is at its best ... where Django Django pushes outward hardest and farthest — in two very different directions.

75
The 405

Marble Skies turns out to be their most successful album yet.

70
PopMatters

Marble Skies manages to retain the charming diced and spliced sound of their debut while delighting in the sheer joy of experimentation. Crucially, the band have remembered what made that mix work so well, riffing on a rainbow of hooks and melodies but nudging it in experimental directions. Most importantly, it's a whole lot of fun.

70
Loud and Quiet
If ‘Marble Skies’ is a little vanilla, it’s a deep and pleasurable kind.
70
God Is in the TV

Marble Skies is a very enjoyable and exciting record as the art rock band who usually shift between rockabilly and electronica add tropical dancehall, krautrock, house beats and psychedelic folk to the list of conquered genres.

70
Spectrum Culture

The band’s intrepid sense of experimentation is better served when they stick to their strengths ... but with its genre-blurring approach to music that thrives on otherworldly wavelengths, this third album’s crests outweigh its troughs.

69
Pitchfork

You can hear them striving for the evolutionary jump that eludes so many indie bands on their third records—trying to concoct something fresh and exciting without losing the momentum they’ve built thus far. While Marble Skies doesn’t always quite get there, the planets it frantically orbits while awaiting touchdown are worth the journey.

60
The Skinny

Marble Skies finds difficulty in consolidating each defining element into a smooth blend, leading to a record that’s bookended by heart-stopping tracks with a frustratingly stodgy middle passage.

60
Drowned in Sound

Django Django gallop across the many realms of Marble Skies with giddy aplomb, eager to prove that each one’s plausible. Granted, at the end of the day, these are mere escapes, surreal set pieces for a witty travelogue that never happened and never will happen – but hey, fun’s fun, right?

60
Crack Magazine

Marble Skies is cleverly constructed and full of hooky choruses, but the art-rock quirkiness makes for a general feeling of a lack of feeling, and the songs here are easy to listen to but hard to connect with.

60
No Ripcord

Ultimately, Marble Skies is a hopscotch of metamorphosizing sounds that can be rewarding for the most part, but only if you can muster the energy to make it so.

60
Clash
In its entirety ‘Marble Skies’ is a mixed bag that showcases the multitude of genres Django Django can draw upon, but it lacks cohesion.
60
Dork

While Django Django’s third effort doesn’t quite reach the heights of its first, it’s a solid effort from one of indie’s success stories.

BradTasteMusic
78
I actually really like this album. It has a beautiful psychedelic feel to it and the songs are bouncy, ear grabbing, sweet, and engaging. I wish that these ideas were maybe a little shorter. While I enjoyed the album, it many times felt like these songs went on a little too long in the second half. Still super fun and engaging listen, and after 3 listens I have a feeling I will be giving this many more listens in the future.

Original Score: 73 (will likely go up)
nickfleece
43
The title track is pretty solid, but man does this sound just get incredibly exhausting.

Some redeeming qualities, mostly bad
middleagedmale
78
underrated!
badgrips
5
Listening to this album is like eating a piece of gum that is way too sweet when you first put it in your mouth but that sweetness vanishes in a second and all that is left is you chewing a pretty much flavorless piece of gum for 40 minutes.
Hops
72
Top 5 Tracks
- Further
- Sundials
- Beam Me Up
- Marble Skies
- Champagne
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#47/Fopp
#48/Rough Trade
#93/Under the Radar
/Esquire (UK)

Track List

  1. Marble Skies
  2. Surface to Air (feat. Self Esteem)
  3. Champagne
  4. Tic Tac Toe
  5. Further
  6. Sundials
  7. Beam Me Up
  8. In Your Beat
  9. Real Gone
  10. Fountains
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