What we said:
fans of Dirty Projectors
but we’re well aware that cerebral art-pop isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. In recent interviews, however, band leader David Longstreth has offered non-believers hope, talking about delivering a “more conventional”, song-based record. Those expecting power chords and 4/4 rhythms are destined to be disappointed by album number six; tricky time signatures, meandering melodies and arresting vocal harmonies are still very much DP’s USP. Still, in spite of its sonic complexities, there’s no shortage of proper songs on Swing Lo Magellan
, and it should provide stragglers with an accessible route in to one of America’s most innovative bands.