Dirty Projectors: “Swing Lo Magellan”

More intimate and accessible.

David Longstreth & (slightly different) company return for another sonic outing on uncharted, genre-defiant grounds. They’ve ventured out in a lot of different directions for albums past, and they port their findings here over the course of a dozen excellent tracks. This album is a lot more accessible, even more so than the explorative-pop of Bitte Orca, and considerably more personal than anything the group has priorly released. It’s a nice mix of love songs, abstract thoughts, and social critiques, all rather perfectly handled, if I may use a superlative. Listen & play fearlessly.
Quick Take: Superb songwriting rendered in excellent orchestration
Think: Dirty Projectors, but more intimate and spontaneous than ever, and from the heart & soul
REC: 2,6,3,5,8,11
FCC: 12
Label: Domino
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Alex Applegate reviewed this album on July 2, 2012
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