New material from Dirty Projectors’ took the twitterspehere by storm last night as new track Dance For You was given its online debut ahead of their upcoming tour dates. The tour will also be the first time to catch their new material from their sixth studio album, Swing Lo Magellan released on July 9th.
With Swing Lo Magellan, David Longstreth shows he really doesn’t know how to do the same thing twice. This time, beyond the aughts-era duality of retromania and neophilia, and beyond his band’s reputation for dizzying, heady innovation, Longstreth has found the beautiful, generous simplicity of the heart and soul. Same as it ever was. And this must be exactly the place where he’s planted the seeds for his band’s finest album to date.
The songs of Swing Lo Magellan are culled from a sprawling twelve months of constant writing and recording in a weird house in Delaware County, New York (four hours northwest of the city). Longstreth, who produced and mixed, wrote seventy new songs and beats. The band – Amber Coffman (vocals & guitar), Nat Baldwin (bass), Brian McOmber (drums) & Haley Dekle (vocals) -joined him periodically, rehearsing the new music more or less constantly in the house’s A-frame attic (vocalist Angel Deradoorian is on hiatus). The twelve songs of Swing Lo Magellanwere winnowed down from about forty finished demos. The finished recordings bear the impress of this informal working style: the album is a collection of moments: accidental, fortuitous, spontaneous. The performances feel warm and imperfect. Unguarded intimacy is somewhat of a new look for this band, and it turns out it’s a very good look.
Swing Lo Magellan is an album that comes from the hearts of one of the most fearlessly thoughtful bands of the last ten years. The album 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.
Listen to the new song ‘Gun Has No Trigger’: www.dirtyprojectors.net
Tour dates, tickets and info: http://www.gigsandtours.com/Search/?q=dirty+projectors