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REVIEW: Dirty Projectors - “Dance for You”

 
By: Jeff Daily
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June 19, 2012
 
David Longstreth, the musical force behind Dirty Projectors, took a sojourn to upstate New York for the last year writing and recording more than 40 demos. DP's upcoming album, Swing Lo Magellan available July 10th (Domino Records), is the end result of this monomaniacal journey. The album was written, recorded, produced, mixed, and lorded over by Longstreth so I'm assuming he has control issues...

"Dance for You" is the second song to come out from the album and it sounds like a typical Dirty Projectors tune to my ears. It's as lightly "experimental" as the group's previous work (the term "experimental" doesn't really sit will with me regarding DP because they've always sounded like a pop band with better musicianship - nothing more, nothing less). The best aspect of "Dance for You" is the combination of string section swells in the middle of the song before a strangled backwards lead guitar solo that breaks the precious nature of the "classical" pretenses. I've never been able to listen to a full DP album front to back. The songs are too detached for me. There's a clinical perfectionism to this band that makes me want to run the opposite direction, but fans of the group will LOVE this song.

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