Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
By Joshua Mooney
Located in Birmingham
Remember the year 2009? It was three years ago after all (I know, time flies right?). It was a simpler time – Amy Winehouse was still around, The XX released their first record and One Direction didn’t exist. It was also a great year for Brooklyn based bands, with Animal Collective’s seminal “Meriweather Post Pavilion”, Grizzly Bear’s “Veckatimest” and Dirty Projectors “Bitte Orca” making huge steps in gaining popularity in weird avant-garde pop music.
Dirty Projectors have come a long way since the release of that breakthrough – from releasing an EP with Bjork and lending the voice of vocalist Amber Coffman to Major Lazer. Their progress seems to be inversely proportional to their need for glitzy production. The new record “Swing Lo Magellan” couldn’t be further sonically from their biggest hit “Stillness is the move”. Favouring more analogue, earthy, no-frills songwriting instead of crossover “a-bit-R&B-but-not” pop jams, the lo-fi aesthetic of this release is a testament to their songwriting capabilities. Check out one of the album tracks here: