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5EPs

    Dirty Projectors’ 2020 five four-song EPs, each strikingly different from the next, all come together in a 20-song anthology titled ‘5EPs’.

    Each EP features lead vocals by a different band member: Maia Friedman, Felicia Douglass, Kristin Slipp and Dave Longstreth, who all trade verses on the series closer.

    Maia’s ‘Windows Open’ is acoustic and folky, Felicia’s ‘Flight Tower’ is both soulful and electronic, Dave’s ‘Super João’ is a four-track bossa nova homage to João Gilberto, Kirstin’s ‘Earth Crisis’ is a cut-up orchestral collage in the mode of through-composed art song, whereas the final EP ‘Ring Road’ weaves together the emotional, stylistic, and lyrical threads explored in the prior four EPs.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: I was just listening to Dirty Projectors' song with David Byrne for the 'Dark Was The Night' compilation just the other day, which led me to wishing for a collection of some of the more unheard of tracks from their canon. Lo and behold, stone the crows etc. Here it is. You'll have heard some of these tracks before, but it's a brilliant document to have them all together like this.

    TRACK LISTING

    On The Breeze
    Overlord
    Search For Life
    Guarding The Baby
    Inner World
    Lose Your Love
    Self Design
    Empty Vessel
    Holy Mackerel
    I Get Carried Away
    You Create Yourself
    Moon, If Ever
    Eyes On The Road
    There I Said It
    Bird’s Eye
    Now I Know
    Por Qué No
    Searching Spirit
    No Studying
    My Possession

    Dirty Projectors’ new album ‘Lamp Lit Prose’ is produced by Dave Longstreth at his studio Ivo Shandor in Los Angeles.

    The album features guest appearances from Syd, Empress Of, Amber Mark, Haim, Rostam, Robin Pecknold and Dear Nora, as well as longtime Dirty Projectors rhythm section Nat Baldwin and Mike Johnson.

    ‘Lamp Lit Prose’ arrives just over a year after 2017’s self-titled ‘Dirty Projectors’. Here Longstreth’s band returns with a new album that is the yang to the yin of the 2017 effort. The songs signal a page turned for Longstreth: hope instead of heartbreak, a restorative balance. Guitars have returned to the Dirty Projectors’ world, intricate vocal harmony too. ‘Lamp Lit Prose’ is a recommitment to the sounds and ideals of Dirty Projectors, embracing the band’s trademarks while pushing forward the sonic envelope.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Andy says: Luminous, dislocated, lushly produced warm vibes pervade on this gorgeous new record. Ace!

    TRACK LISTING

    Right Now (ft Syd)
    Break-Thru
    That’s A Lifestyle
    I Feel Energy (ft Amber Mark)
    Zombie Conqueror (ft Empress Of)
    Blue Bird
    I Found It In U
    What Is The Time
    You’re The One (Ft Robin Pecknold & Rostam)
    (I Wanna) Feel It All (ft Dear Nora)

    The new Dirty Projectors song ‘Up In Hudson’ is an elegy — to the Obama years, to a generation of indie rock, and to a relationship. Over the course of nine verses and almost eight minutes, the lyrics situate David Longstreth & his band in the vivid textures of the recent past like a millennial Blood On The Tracks. It is a piece of epic storytelling unlike anything else in Dirty Projectors’ discography. 

    To arrive where we began and know the place for the first time: ‘Up In Hudson’ is an origin story for a new chapter of Dirty Projectors. 

    And with it, Dirty Projectors announce their long-awaited 7th LP. 

    The new album does everything we want and expect from Dirty Projectors — but in a way we never could have imagined or anticipated. In a career of surprising conceptual gambits, unexpected stylistic evolutions, and continually changing lineups — this is, as DJ Khaled says, “ANOTHER ONE”!

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Soulful beats, driven choruses and synthy breakdowns clash headfirst with soaring melodies, rapidly flicking from glitchy meltdowns into beautifully formed jazzy flourishes and silken harmonies. Brilliantly written and constantly evolving, a true gem.

    TRACK LISTING

    01. Keep Your Name
    02. Death Spiral
    03. Up In Hudson
    04. Work Together
    05. Little Bubble
    06. Winner Take Nothing
    07. Ascent Through Clouds
    08. Cool Your Heart
    09. I See You

    Dirty Projectors

    Swing Lo Magellan

      On Dirty Projectors sixth album, 'Swing Lo Magellan', songwriter and leader David Longstreth shows he really doesn't know how to do the same thing twice. Where prior Dirty Projectors albums investigated 20th-century orchestration, West-African guitar music and complex contrapuntal techniques in human voices, 'Swing Lo Magellan' is a leap forward again. It's an album of songs, an album of songwriting. 'Swing Lo Magella'n has both the handmade intimacy of a love letter and the widescreen grandeur of a blockbuster, and if that sounds like a paradox -- it's because it was until now.




      STAFF COMMENTS

      Ryan says: Long time projectors fans won't be disappointed, Swing Lo Magellan takes off were Bitte Orca left off. David Longstreth employs his usual spectacular song writing skills again to maximum effect.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Offspring Are Blank
      2. About To Die
      3. Gun Has No Trigger
      4. Swing Lo Magellan
      5. Just From Chevron
      6. Dance For You
      7. Maybe That Was It
      8. Impregnable Question
      9. See What She Seeing
      10. The Socialites
      11. Unto Caesar
      12. Irresponsible Tune

      On Dirty Projectors sixth album, 'Swing Lo Magellan', songwriter and leader David Longstreth shows he really doesn't know how to do the same thing twice. Where prior Dirty Projectors albums investigated 20th-century orchestration, West-African guitar music and complex contrapuntal techniques in human voices, 'Swing Lo Magellan' is a leap forward again. It's an album of songs, an album of songwriting. 'Swing Lo Magella'n has both the handmade intimacy of a love letter and the widescreen grandeur of a blockbuster, and if that sounds like a paradox -- it's because it was until now.




      STAFF COMMENTS

      Ryan says: Long time projectors fans won't be disappointed, Swing Lo Magellan takes off were Bitte Orca left off. David Longstreth employs his usual spectacular song writing skills again to maximum effect.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Offspring Are Blank
      2. About To Die
      3. Gun Has No Trigger
      4. Swing Lo Magellan
      5. Just From Chevron
      6. Dance For You
      7. Maybe That Was It
      8. Impregnable Question
      9. See What She Seeing
      10. The Socialites
      11. Unto Caesar
      12. Irresponsible Tune


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