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Dirty Projectors
Swing Lo Magellan - DOMINO
FILTER Grade: 87%

By Marty Sartini Garner on July 26, 2012


Dirty Projectors

In 2008, Dave Longstreth’s Dirty Projectors broke wide on the purling back of Bitte Orca, a frenzied, rhythmic record that flaunted its own boundaries, with its tangled guitar lines and girl-group harmonies skittering beyond a given song’s meter like a river bursting its banks. The channel still churns on Swing Lo Magellan, but Longstreth has built sturdy songs with solid foundations here, trapping his confusion in a container. The drums skitter on “Dance for You,” but they’re cradled by humble strumming and a walking bassline that underscore the lyrics’ contented disorder. Notes fleck off the spinning guitars in “Just from Chevron,” and are caught in the open palm of the song’s coda. Longstreth’s gentle production is the album’s truest strength: he turns a distorted guitar into a jewelry box in “The Socialites,” and “See What She’s Seeing” warps an Orca-esque chord progression into funhouse shapes. It’s a comedown, of course, but it’s a comedown that’s better than the high. 

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