With tremendous albums and releases behind them, it’s no wonder that we’re always excited to hear new music from Dirty Projectors. The outfit of David Longstreth and co have shared a warmhearted and gorgeous new song, ‘Overlord’, featuring guitarist Maia Friedman on lead vocals. “Tongue-in-cheek ode to surveillance capitalism? Critique of our primal confusion of charisma for actual leadership? Cautionary tale about blind faith in technology? Anti-fascist manifesto?”, asks the press release, adding: “Who knows, but ’Overlord’ feels like a ‘Both Sides Now’ for our brave new Amazon Prime world.”
‘Overlord’ comes with an accompanying video, directed by the band’s own Longstreth. Watch it now.
With immense technical ability and creativity, Alexander Noice is one of the most interesting contemporary musicians out there. Over the last decade, Noice has played a vital role in the LA music scene and abroad, performing, recording and collaborating with a slew of artists and projects, including his own ensembles Falsetto Teeth and NOICE. A phenomenal composer, guitarist, producer and bandleader drawing from an amalgam of genres, from art-rock and jazz to minimalism, opera and electronic music, Noice released an exhilarating and inventive self-titled album last year, which made it to our Album Picks of 2019. So we’re ecstatic to catch a glimpse of his wide range of influences in this month's mixtape!
The Zombies – This Will Be Our Year [Epic]
Thelonius Monk – Brilliant Corners [Riverside]
Deerhoof – Milking [Free Porcupine Society / ATP Recordings]
Minutemen – Viet Nam [SST Records]
Ornette Colenman – Folk Tale [XL Recordings / Interscope Records
Charlie Parker – Kim [Clef Records]
Talking Heads – Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) [Sire]
Nino Rota – O Venezia, Venaga, Venusia [Cam]
Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble & Rupert Huber – Christian Wolff In Cambridge [Hänssler Classic]
Charles Mingus – Solo Dancer [Impulse!]
M.I.A. – Steppin Up [XL Recordings / Interscope Records]
Michael Nyman Band and Orchestra – The Draughtsman’s Contract [Venture]
Broadcast – America’s Boy [Warp]
Cornelius – New Music Machine [Matador]
Dirty Projectors – Not Having Found [Western Vinyl]
Philip Glass – River Run [Virgin]
Fugazi – Turnover [Dischord]
Iggy Pop – Funtime [RCA]
John Coltrane – Configuration [Impulse!]
David Bowie – What In The World [RCA]
Arthur Russell – Being It [Upside Records / Rough Trade]
With less than a month to go before the release of Dirty Projectors‘ new album, Lamp Lit Prose, and after teasing it with the stellar lead single, ‘Break-Thru’, David Longstreth and co have shared an extraordinary new song, ‘That’s A Lifestyle’. It comes with an accompanying video, directed and animated by Kitty Faingold. Watch it now.
A new Dirty Projectors‘ album is always good news. Last year the outfit of Dave Longstreth released an eponymous album, his first record in nearly five years, following 2012’s Swing Lo Magellan. Luckily, we won’t have to wait that long again as Dirty Projectors have just announced the release of their eighth album, Lamp Lit Prose. Produced by Longstreth in his LA studio, the album features longtime collaborators Nat Baldwin and Mike Johnson as well as guest contributions from Syd, Amber Mark, Haim, Dear Nora, Rostam, Empress Of, and Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold. Lamp Lit Prose “is the yang to the yin of the 2017 effort”, describes the press release. “The songs signal a page turned for Longstreth: hope instead of heartbreak, a restorative balance.”
The news comes paired with the first stellar single, ‘Break-Thru’, and a fittingly jubilant video directed by Sean Pecknold. Watch it below and grab the album when it drops on July 13th via Domino.
In other related good news, Dirty Projectors are also embarking on their first tour in five years with a new touring band. With several live dates in North America and Europe, the tour includes a show in London at Village Underground on August 22nd. Check all their stops and other info on their website.
We’re pretty excited about Dirty Projectors‘ upcoming self-titled album. The outfit of David Longstreth has teased us plenty in the last few months, sharing three singles, ‘Up In Hudson’, ‘Little Bubble’ and ‘Keep Your Name’. With the album’s release fast approaching, Dirty Projectors are enticing us further with a new tremendous single, ‘Cool Your Heart’, co-written by Solange and featuring D∆WN on guest vocals. A r’n’b flavoured carnival of sorts, the track also features contributions from Tyondai Braxton on production and Mauro Refosco (Red Hot Chili Peppers / Atoms For Peace) on percussion. ‘Cool Your Heart’ comes with a brilliant time-shifting video, directed by Noel Paul & Stefan Moore. Watch it now.
Dirty Projectors is out on February 24th via Domino.
For nearly five years, we have been waiting with bated breath for a new album from Dirty Projectors. They are officially back, with their seventh album due next month. The outfit of Dave Longstreth had already teased the follow-up to 2012’s Swing Lo Magellan with ‘Keep Your Name’ and ‘Little Bubble’. Now that an eponymous album has been confirmed, Dirty Projectors are enticing us further with another exquisitely wonderful cut from it called ‘Up In Hudson’. The song “is an elegy — to the Obama years, to a generation of indie rock, and to a relationship”, describes the press release. “Over the course of nine verses and almost eight minutes, the lyrics situate David Longstreth & his band in the vivid textures of the recent past like a millennial Blood On The Tracks.”
Dirty Projectors arrives on February 24th via Domino. Till then, we’ll be listening to ‘Up In Hudson’ over and over again. And you might too.