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Dirty Projectors

Posted 20 Dec 2012 @ 6:15am

Few acts deftly marry ornate arrangements with sheer folk simplicity quite like American collective Dirty Projectors. Breaking through as a more consolidated unit in 2009 with the LP Bitte Orca, the band parlayed their abstract musical experiments into something more resolute. The band's sixth full-length studio album Swing Lo Magellan, released earlier in 2012, continues the intertwining...

Posted 12 Dec 2012 @ 4:50pm

Impregnable Question is as close as Dirty Projectors get to romance, a quasi-matrimonial declaration of love that is frank but not flowery, with reflective, almost conversational lyrics about what it takes for a relationship to last. There is something contrary about this approach to ballad-writing, something off-beat or off-key, which is reflected in the arch, ever-sliding melody. It isn’t...

Posted 30 May 2012 @ 7:30am

Gun Has No Trigger is the first release from the Dirty Projectors’ new album, Swing Lo Magellan. There’s a familiar but brilliant intensity in the backing harmonies, rising to a hysterical peak in the chorus. Meanwhile, David Longstreth does something creepy and sensual with the melody, painting a scene of absurd and fruitless desperation with his singular, soul-shaking voice. Amazing.

Posted 22 May 2012 @ 4:10pm

Looking back, last year's Harvest lineup was nothing short of fucking awesome. And despite a few logistical mishaps in the inaugural Melbourne leg, the festival established itself as one of the giants on the calendar. As a result, expectations are running high for this year's instalment. Let's take a look at who might be gracing the lush surrounds of Werribee Mansion.


First up...

Posted 18 Apr 2012 @ 2:00pm


Taken from their forthcoming sophomore album, Gun Has No Trigger sees the Dirty Projectors folding an crooning soul rock melody – something Simply Red might have toyed with, back in the day – into an increasingly strident harmony by the band’s idiosyncratic female vocalists. Such a strange brew I had to hear it a few times before I realised it was genius.



Posted 14 Dec 2011 @ 9:12am

When the first cut from Chris 'Grizzly Bear' Taylor's solo project CANT found its way onto the internet in 2009 - a track called Ghosts which he released as a 7-inch on his own Terrible Records imprint - he gave an interview to Pitchfork where he joked that the name was a taunt to himself; a punning prod at his inability to finish one of his own songs, ever. Ghosts , he admitted, was the first...

Posted 9 Nov 2011 @ 9:56am

In St. Vincent's latest release Strange Mercy, the views of her past two albums have crystallised into a coherent world view - a world of pop sensibilities with sinister and strange undertones. St. Vincent aka Annie Clark has previously served as a backing vocalist for the the cultish Polyphonic Spree and religious grand folk prodigy Sufjan Stevens. This album gives nods to both the synth-...

Posted 28 Oct 2011 @ 9:24am


Private Life (Renee Cassar and Jamie Barlow)


Ten bands everyone should know about:


Beach House, Twin Shadow, Blonde Redhead, Spoon, Lizzy Mercier, Pavement, M. Ward, Alexander, Dirty Projectors, Ainslie Wills


Nine food items that you need to make a kickarse dinner party:


Jamie is head chef around...

Posted 9 Jun 2011 @ 4:09pm


Metronomy have moved to higher ground on their new record, The English Riviera. Not in a Stevie Wonder kind of way; more in the manner of a Brisbane homeowner. The harried, broken electro beats of their preceding record that made them the darlings of unthinking hipster doofi (is that the plural for doofus?) everywhere have chilled out, to great effect.




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