Dirty Projectors – Keep Your Name
The music is constantly shifting and expanding with the works of heightening band Dirty Projectors by releasing their best record and producing a record for the Tuareg guitarist Bombino. They perform compositions by the Hungarian pianist Bela Bartok with a quartet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The “Keep Your Name” is a music about detaching from one person, by overlapping and creating contrast with Hollow and isolated drums, grand piano chords, and static clicks stagger into a full gallop, a swath of plainspoken vocals holding to the foreground but changing frequencies. It’s an anti-ballad and a tantalizing hint of what’s to come.
Dave Longstreth refuses to be pinned down. His music is constantly shifting and expanding, the scope of his work heightening with his band, Dirty Projectors. Since releasing their most gripping record, Swing Lo Magellan, and its companion EP, About to Die, in 2012, Longstreth has kept busy with other projects, producing a record for the Tuareg guitarist Bombino (Azel), composing a classical work for an ensemble, and performing compositions by the Hungarian pianist Bela Bartok with a quartet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For other musicians, such work might hint at a direction, or at least a headspace. But attempting to use these events as context clues for the next Dirty Projectors record is a fruitless exercise. True to form, it’s fitting that the group’s first new song in four years is just a modification of an old one.
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