Brooklyn-based indie outfit Dirty Projectors have been compared to acts ranging from Beyonce to the Talking Heads. The band’s unique sound is spearheaded by songwriter David Longstreth and complimented by rotating lineup of some of the most talented. The Dirty Projectors have gained a high level of notoriety, with watchful eyes and ears ready to pounce on the band’s every move. So we’re excited to hear that 2017 holds the release of the band’s self-titled album on February 24.
This is going to be one of the more interesting album’s created by the band for a number of reasons. An example is that it has been five years since the band’s last release, 2012’s Swing Lo Magellan.
Here are five fast facts about the new self-titled album from Dirty Projectors, out on Domino Records next month.
1. Amber Coffman is Allegedly Out of the Band
When Longstreth and Coffman first connected, it resulted in the band rising to a new level of fame. The album that did this was Bitte Orca, which featured Longstreth, Coffman and musician Angel Deradoorian as lead vocalists on a number of the songs. It peaked at at #65 on the Billboard 200 and #12 on the Independent Albums chart, according to Billboard.
Deradoorian is a prime example of how this lineup is a revolving door. She left the band in 2012 to pursue a solo career. She was replaced by multi-instrumentalist Olga Bell, who has a solo career of her own. Plus, Coffman most recently announced her own solo career pursuit, leading many to wonder what the self-titled release is going to sound like.
Coffman released a statement about “All to Myself” in light of all of the rumors that started to spread. “For anyone who’s ever found themselves uncomfortably restless, sad and alone, or even temporarily doubting themselves and their dreams, this is a mantra, a pep talk, a love song to yourself,” she said, according to Consequence of Sound. “It’s a song you can slow dance by yourself to without feeling funny if there’s no one else there. A small reminder not to spend too much time fretting and just to get out there, live your life and do what makes you happy.”
2. The Songs Released so Far Suggest This is a Breakup Album
The release of Coffman’s first solo single, “All to Myself,” came just a few weeks after the Dirty Projectors revealed “Keep Your Name.” Coffman’s absence from the music video and actual song stirred breakup rumors regarding the musical couple.
Along with the announcement of the album’s release date came another new single. This time, it’s the more rambunctious, percussive “Up In Hudson.” Again, we only hear Longstreth’s voice in this new song, which fits into the overall theme of featured in the other singles: heartache.
3. The Tracklist was Revealed Along with the Release Date
Presentation has always been part of Dirty Projectors’ overall image, almost as much as their unique sound. We see the tracklist as well as the back of the album artwork. The Domino Records online shop shows that the cover art has the familiar Dirty Projectors joining circles image that appeared on their other releases.
Thanks to Longstreth’s Instagram account, fans got a glimpse into the process of creating the album artwork. He also shared photos of the recording process, though not many other people are shown working on it.
Dirty Projectors tracklist:
01 Keep Your Name
02 Death Spiral
03 Up in Hudson
04 Work Together
05 Little Bubble
06 Winner Take Nothing
07 Ascent Through Clouds
08 Cool Your Heart
09 I See You
4. Solange Might Have an Influence on the New Album
While he was taking a break from Dirty Projectors, Longstreth wrote and produced music for Solange. He has six producer‘s credits on Solange’s 2016 album, A Seat at the Table. This allowed him access to new musicians and influences outside of his own genre of music. For instance, he worked with Lil’ Wayne on a number of these songs.
Other notable collaborations involving Longstreth during the Dirty Projectors’ hiatus include “FourFiveSeconds” by Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney, and Joanna Newsom‘s album Divers. Now he’s releasing music that’s all his own, it seems. At least that’s what the first three singles suggest.
5. Longstreth’s Lyrics are Bizarre as Ever
Our first taste of the self-title album by the Dirty Projectors was the single “Keep Your Name.” The title’s imagery of divorce is echoed in the song’s hook:
“What we imagined and what we became/ We’ll keep ‘em separate and you keep your name.”
Longstreth even samples lyrics from his previous album’s song “Impregnable Question.”
“Up In Hudson” has a great Kanye West reference:
“Now I’m listening to Kanye on the Taconic Parkway ridin’ fast / And you’re out in Echo Park blasting Tupac, drinking a fifth for my ass.”
UPDATE: As a concerned reader/commenter (though anonymous) let us know below, he’s actually singing “fifth of Myers,” as in Myers Rum. We admit that this makes more sense than what the other publications were publishing.