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Dirty Projectors - 'Dirty Projectors'

by AlexJackson
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on 05 March 2017 in Albums & EPs
Record Label Domino Records
Release date 24th February 2017
Rating 7/10

Five records had gently passed by before 2009’s Bitte Orca arrived. It was a wonderful feat of glitchy pop that received both acclaim and an array of new followers. Their first on Domino, the record was packed with wonderful idiosyncrasies and melody typified on highlight track ‘Stillness in the Move’. Follow-up Swing Lo Magellan was more of a low-key affair, but nonetheless a splendid record, which leads us to their latest, largely a solo record with some great guest spots. The self-titled seventh is a break-up record about Amber Coffman, ex-singer in Dirty Projectors. David Longstreth sticks to the usual formula of strong melodies, fractured electronic arrangements, and effortless swagger. ‘Keep your Name’, ‘Death Spiral’ and ‘Up in Hudson’, the latter sounding not dissimilar to early Vampire Weekend, all deftly blend R & B and dizzying rhythms. Quality control dips a little with ‘Work Together’ and ‘Winner Takes Nothing’, but picks up nicely with the excellent choice of Solange on the sugar-rush pop of ‘Cool Your Heart’. Longstreth has once again produced an effortlessly fun, effervescent and mellifluous record, bound to appeal to old and new fans alike.

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