Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan

Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan (Domino)

This Brooklyn-based experimental pop group have carved out a niche for themselves with their blend of ambitious experimentation, traditional instrumentation, and harmonically-complex vocals. Never one to rest on his laurels, mastermind David Longstreth has come up with something new once again on their sixth full-length. While previous albums were self-consciously conceptual, Swing Lo Magellan is what Longstreth refers to as ‘an album of songs, an album of songwriting’. It’s amusing to imagine this being something novel.  By freeing themselves of self-imposed rules, Dirty Projectors have allowed in a refreshing sense of playfulness and spontaneity, and while they’ve always been an interesting band, that unguarded intimacy makes this their most welcoming and indispensable record yet.

Listen to the album here