Maclean immediately made a note of the words Marble Skies, now the title of the band’s much-anticipated third album, which follows their 2012 Mercury Prize nominated debut and 2015’s Top 20 follow-up Born Under Saturn (standard). The new album process began with a back-to-basics approach which recalled the DIY ethos of the band’s early days. Django Django – minus an absent Maclean who was in LA working on a production project – assembled at Urchin Studios in Tottenham, London with Metronomy drummer Anna Prior to experiment with the idea of coming up with new tracks through loose jamming sessions. After ten days of recording, there was plenty of raw material to send up to Dave (then back in his hometown of Dundee) for him to edit, refine and evolve.
As ever, all four band members (completed by Tommy Grace on synths and bassist Jimmy Dixon) contributed to the band’s music, melodies and lyrics as the final album took shape.
If there’s a mood running through ‘Marble Skies’ “It’s just this idea of things constantly turning and moving on,” says Maclean, “and you’re just kind of part of it and watching it and helpless to time passing. But sort of becoming at ease with that.”