Sharing the same wilful disregard for convention as Super Furry Animals, this debut effort from one-time Edinburgh art students Django Django shows a pleasing sense of ambition in its 2012 mod-psych explorations and is typical of a scene where pretty much anything goes. And by anything we mean an esoteric mélange of tripped out melodies atop a grab-bag selection of Beach Boys pop, European psychedelia and machine-made sounds showcased best by the escalating charms of 'Hail Bop' and the beat group rhythms of 'Life's A Beach'.
The pastoral 'Hand of Man' suggests that, at heart, Django Django are essentially hippies, a realisation that dredges half-forgotten memories of the largely underground 80/90s UK psych scene of which Bevis Frond were perhaps the best known. And with that recollection, a little of the wow factor dies. By album's-end the somewhat reedy vocals begin to nag while the Carry On Camel-isms of 'Skies Over Cairo' is only funny in a hash brownie kind of way.
Moving forward then, but with a third eye resolutely on the past.