Dirty Projectors and Mariah Carey?
posted by October 27 at 3:38 PMon
Sorry, just had to hook you in “ď no word on any collabo’ just yet. But David Longstreth, the brains behind the Dirty Projectors, sure does listen to a ton of [bad] early “ė90s R&B. DP’s 2005 release The Getty Address was the type of album an artist releases right before they vanish from the music biz; the glitch-hop opera breached numerous critics top 10 lists for ‘05, and even motivated Prefuse 73 to declare that he’s “quitting music.”Ě An epic concept album replete with tons of electronics and even a mini-orchestra, The Getty Address stands as one of the most imaginative and unique records I’ve heard in ages. At times, the fusion of strings and chorus with heavy bass rolls and programmed beats can initially feel a bit jarring. But taken as whole, everything about The Getty Address jives perfectly, proving that you don’t have to sacrifice a catchy hook in order to experiment with new sounds and new ideas. The craziest thing “ď all of Longstreth’s albums are completely mind blowing, from 2003’s Morning Better Last up to his latest work, the New Attitude EP. But from a man who very proudly admits to finding influence for his music in the work of Beethoven, Wagner, Zeppelin and Justin Timberlake, the strange sonic bricolage presented on every DP record makes perfect sense.
His live performances vary drastically from tour to tour, and even between performances; depending on when you catch DP, they may be a nine-piece electric ensemble with three percussionist, or a quartet with two cellos and a double bass, or a septet with a string trio and two female singers, or a solo guitar and voice deal with just Longstreth. This isn’t the first time he’s visited Seattle; however, his upcoming slot with Xiu Xiu at the Paradox should prove to be completely original, breathtaking and confounding. I hit up Longstreth to discuss among other things, The Getty Address, fellow Ivy Leaguer and keyboard wizard Nathan Michel and a mutual acquaintance. Q&A after the jump!
Show’s November 3 at 7PM, Paradox paradox.org