Dirty Projectors by Dirty Projectors

C. Kinsley
February 26, 2017

RATING:

78

%

TRACKS:

9

LABEL:

Domino Records

RELEASE DATE:

02/21/2017


Dirty Projectors is a band led by David Longstreth from Brooklyn, New York that formed in 2002. Despite undergoing numerous lineup changes, the band has managed to remain relevant throughout their musical career. Dirty Projectors is their self-titled seventh studio album release. In addition to Longstreth playing multiple instruments, the record also includes any array of guest collaborators such as Tyondai Braxton (Battles), Solange, Mauro Refosco (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Atoms For Peace), and Dawn Richard.

Rest assured, you don't need to know a thing about the Dirty Projectors, let alone having listened to any of their music, to appreciate their latest record. Although you would be doing yourself a critical disservice by not going back and consuming everything they've released since 2003's The Glad Fact. Eccentric, enjoyable, and always creative, the new record serves as another prolific entry to the band's extending catalog of music. I would describe the album as experimental art pop with string and horn arrangements and R&B style vocals. There were only a couple of songs I couldn't get into, such as the opening track "Keep Your Name" and the totally unnecessary auto-tuned "Ascent Through Clouds." The rest of the record serves as a spontaneous exercise in the avant-garde that also succeeds as unique and amusing entertainment. Standout tracks include "Up In Hudson," "Little Bubble," and "Cool Your Heart" (feat. Dawn Richard).

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