|Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan (Domino Records)|
The album begins with the dynamic "Offspring Are Blank," which is a great transition from Bitte Orca into their newer sound. It's perfectly mixed and erupts with a remarkable chorus that takes you by the shoulders and shakes you awake. The next song, "About to Die" is an obvious top single choice, and a song that you will be singing to yourself while after the album is finished. "Dance for You" is one of the most beautiful and subdued songs the Dirty Projectors have ever concocted.
One of my favorites on the album "See What She's Seeing" contains a nifty background of hollow drums and a slippery guitar with the notorious harmonies that the Dirty Projectors have perfected with such tenderness. "The Socialites is along the lines of "See What She's Seeing," but mainly features the girls on vocals and stands as another example of Dirty Projectors at their prime. "Gun Has No Trigger" is one of the biggest songs on the album that is a tad left-field for them, but they still manage to retain their scorching harmonies and their odd lyrics.
The lyrics throughout are rather strong and their harmonies are much tighter and easier to take in, especially after their EP with Bitte Mountain Orca with their polarizing Björk. Ignore the stupidity of the album art, because the Dirty Projectors here are mastering their own genius sound. Although Swing Lo Magellan is a lot less grand than Bitte Orca, it packs a beautiful glow that shows off the Dirty Projectors in a brand new light.
Recommended if you like: tUnE-yArDs, St. Vincent, Grizzly Bear, and harmonies that shouldn't so good but bring chills to your bones
Recommended tracks: "See What She's Seeing," "Offspring Are Blank," "Dance for You"