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Published: 2012/04/02

Dirty Projectors’ Swing Lo Megellan

Dirty Projectors have set July 10 as the release date for their
sixth album, Swing Lo Magellan. Group frontman David Longstreth describes the album as a collection of “songs” rather than a grand concept album.

According to a statement from the band, “This time, beyond the aughts-era duality of retromania and neophilia, and beyond his band’s reputation for dizzying, heady innovation, Longstreth has found the beautiful, generous simplicity of the heart and soul. Same as it ever was. And this must be exactly the place where he’s planted the seeds for his band’s newest, finest album so far: Swing Lo Magellan. Where prior DPz albums investigated 20th-century orchestration ( The Getty Address ), aerated the aesthetics of 80s hardcore and west African guitar music ( Rise Above ), and explored complex contrapuntal techniques in human voices ( Bitte Orca and Mt Wittenberg Orca ), Swing Lo Magellan is a leap forward again.”

“It’s an album of songs, an album of songwriting,” says Longstreth.

Longstreth wrote and recorded most of the songs on the new album in a “weird house” in Delaware County, New York (four hours northwest of the city) over a 12-month period. Band members Amber Coffman (vocals & guitar), Nat Baldwin (bass), Brian McOmber (drums) and Haley Dekle (vocals) also contributed to the record sessions as various points throughout the process (vocalist Angel Deradoorian remains on hiatus).
Dirty Projects will tour behind the project, including stops at Brooklyn NY’s Prospect Park Bandshell (7/10) and Chicago IL’s Pitchfork Festival (7/13-15). The album’s first song “Gun Has No Trigger” is now available online.

Swing Lo Magellan

1. Offspring Are Blank
2. About to Die
3. Gun Has No Trigger
4. Swing Lo Magellan
5. Just From Chevron
6. Dance For You
7. Maybe That Was It
8. Impregnable Question
9. See What She Seeing
10. The Socialites
11. Unto Caesar
12. Irresponsible Tune

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