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SWING LO MAGELLAN

Dirty Projectors

 

Crossover Prog

4.06 | 9 ratings

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Tombo2
4 stars David Longstreth claims not to be a fan of progressive rock. In fact, he lists his influences as mainly classical, punk and hi-hop acts. Despite this, Dirty Projectors' most recent work bares a noticeable resemblance to some of prog's mightiest protagonists. Anyone listening to Swing Lo Magellan for the first time will immediately recognize the Yes vibe. Though much of the drum beats sound a little more basic than the rhythmic textures of Alan White, (therein lies the hip-hop influence) the consistent use of hand-claps gives the album a decidedly acoustic feel.

Swing Lo Magellan carries on where the previous record Bitte Orca left off. In what has become a staple of the Projectors' sound, there is heavy emphasis on the vocal harmony. Singers Amber Coffman and Haley Dekle do their best Beach Boys' imitation, adding their distinctive oohs and aahs to the background creating a light, peaceful atmosphere, while Longstreth croons. Coffman even takes over the lead vocals on one of the album's highlights "The Socialites". The enthusiastic melodies of songs like "About to Die" and "See What She's Seeing" contradict the sombre lyrics, but that's part of the appeal of Swing Lo Magellan. Another gem, "Unto Caesar" also contains some charming background banter between the band members.

The Album comes across as more folky than anything, but the prog is still there. Dirty Projectors certainly have created a unique sound over the years and with this latest effort, have only developed it further. A fine album for any progressive rock fan.

Tombo2 | 4/5 |

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