We’re breathless. The latest offering from Django Django is a perfectly complex fusion of influences that will floor you, intrigue you and have you chasing your tail to catch it. Just spin it. Repeat it. Play it one more time again. It demands your attention.

Photo: Horacio Bolz

Django Django have made an exhilarating return with their latest in hypnotic perfection, Spirals. Marking their first release since their 2018 EP Winter’s Beach, the dynamic track will leave you feeling electrified.

Starting off with low-key Baba O’Riley vibes (or maybe a split-second of Ross Geller‘s ‘el-ect-ri-fy-ing‘), the swirling synths start building in intensity. A heavy ascending bass line adds texture as the synth starts to race at full-speed-ahead, reaching the pinnacle of the song’s true form.

With multiple layers that compete for tempo and tone, the complexity of Spirals creates a lively and intricate psychedelia that is right at home with the likes of Tame Impala, The Phoenix Foundation and MGMT. The fusion of influences, like the surfy electric guitars, keep this song exciting right ’til the very end. The space continues to grow and shrink between alternating drum beats, the speed of the synth and the overriding melody, making it clear this song was made for a stage.

The band describe the lyrical reference to DNA, explaining that the track is ‘about the connections we have as humans being stronger than the divisions‘. The accompanying music video, created by new talent Maxim Kelly adds to the intense psychedelic journey that Django Django have delivered (see the video below).

The visual illusion generated by spinning the disks at the correct speed coupled with the shutter of a camera is both confusing and hypnotic. I was drawn to how the animations flow in and out, drifting and duping the mind and then back again. This felt a lot like the psychedelic experience to me. The challenge was to fuse the old with the modern. The analogue and the digital. Updating and modernising the technique.

Maxim Kelly

We’re not going to lie, it took us a couple of spins. If you’re not ready for it, it comes charging at you like two speeding trains from separate directions, leaving you unsure where to look or run. But to paraphrase what our favourite fictional big sister Anita Miller said about Tommy, listen to Spirals with a candle burning and you’ll see every single colour that’s thrown at it… it’s thrilling and spectacular.

Stream Spirals below:

Posted by Editor at Like Velvet Music.