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Experimental, yet listenable

Connor Veale

I prefer this over Dave's previous works such as The Glad Fact, etc. It's definitely artistic, but plays around with a central theme, Don Henley's dream. His singing style has improved considerably since the previous albums and the songs are so much more manageable while maintaining the experimental feel through use of unconventional parts like the drone/tenor sax/Dave trio in But in the Headlights and interesting chords like the marimba line in Tour Along the Potomac. Definitely check this out.

Strangely Addicting

James Perkins

I've never heard music so... reckless. The album sounds like an attempt to redefine structure, texture, and, sometimes even, tonality. Listening to it the first time was like listening to an entirely new genre. It is nothing like Radiohead, or Grizzly Bear, or bands Dirty Projectors is so easily compared to. It is not like Bitte Orca, but somehow connections still remain. I can't put my finger on it. The music is completely foreign yet curiously familiar.

best album ever

donsharp

the best album i have ever bought, finches song at oceanic parking lot has choral arrangment that would make bach weep, the general flow of the cd is flawless, as each song converges into the next, which really highlights the aspects of this album being an opera, still almost comedic in his approach as the reoccurring (refferring to after santa monica boulevard) theme of the album is based on eagles co founder don henly, who is also played by longstreth in the video series released for the album thus confirming its status as an opera, an epic one at that.

About Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors are the creation of Dave Longstreth, a former Yale student who left college to become one of the most prolific and unique indie singer/songwriters of the early 2000s. In early 2002, Longstreth released his first album, The Graceful Fallen Mango, under his own name on the This Heart Plays Records imprint. Largely recorded on four-track with the help of friends in like-minded projects such as Wolf Colonel and Dear Nora, the album introduced Longstreth's distinctive crooning voice and equally unique approach to arrangements and both lo-fi and hi-fi production. As he continued to record, Longstreth played shows with contemporaries like the Microphones, Bobby Birdman, and [[[[VVRSSNN]]]] (aka Yume Bitsu's Adam Forkner). Forkner helped record his next album, The Glad Fact, which was the first to bear the Dirty Projectors name and arrived on Western Vinyl in fall 2003.

This was followed quickly by Morning Better Last!, an album culled from three triple albums he recorded in 2001 and 2002; it was an Internet-only release on States Rights. Slaves' Graves & Ballads, which Longstreth described as "a song-journey for me singing with a ten-piece chamber group called the Orchestral Society for the Preservation of the Orchestra," arrived in early 2004 as a split release on Western Vinyl and Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records. The 2005 album The Getty Address was a Don Henley-themed concept album that was followed a year later by the New Attitude EP. Rise Above from 2007 reinterpreted songs from Black Flag's classic hardcore punk album Damaged, and then Bitte Orca appeared in 2009 with some of the band's most accessible songs to date.

In 2010 the group collaborated with Björk on Mount Wittenberg Orca, an EP that benefited the National Geographic Society Oceans Project; it was available only digitally for a year, then received a physical release on CD and vinyl in 2011. Their next proper full-length, Swing Lo Magellan, arrived in the summer of 2012. After breaking up with his romantic partner and frequent collaborator Amber Coffman, Longstreth found himself writing songs that dealt with personal issues in a way he had not approached in the past. The songs formed the core of Dirty Projectors' self-titled ninth album, released in February 2017. The band returned with the follow-up, Lamp Lit Prose, a year later. The record featured guest spots from HAIM, Fleet Foxes' Sam Pecknold, and former Vampire Weekend member Rostam, and its release was preceded by the lead single "Break-Thru." ~ Heather Phares

ORIGIN
Brooklyn, NY
FORMED
2002

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