July 18, 2012
It took a few attempts, but I can now say I’m a full-fledged fan of Brooklyn art-rockers Dirty Projectors, and full credit to their wonderful live show and excellent new album, Swing Lo Magellan for finally converting me over. The set kept the band’s most appealing qualities, David Longstreth’s angular, interweaving guitar and the girl’s alluring harmonies, always at the forefront of their sound, while their avant-garde eccentricities and odd time signatures added to the experience, never pushing it into unlistenable experimental territory.
The set relied heavily on their new material including singles “Gun Has No Trigger” and “Dance For You” and other standouts like “About To Die” and “See What She Seeing”. Some of the best Bitte Orca tracks also made appearances from “Stillness Is A Move” to “Useful Chamber”, and the band closed with perhaps my favorite Dirty Projectors track to date, the stunningly gorgeous ballad “Impregnable Question”. I can’t wait to catch these guys/gals again at this year’s Pygmalion Festival.
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