Dirty Projectors Announce 'Swing Lo Magellan'

Art rock band promise tight songcraft on sixth album

April 2, 2012 10:35 AM ET
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Amber Coffman of the Dirty Projectors performs in London.
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Dirty Projectors will release their sixth album, Swing Lo Magellan, on July 10th. Whereas the group's previous records have been focused on a particular theme or musical technique, the new disc finds the band's frontman and primary composer, David Longstreth, focused on penning distinct tunes. "It's an album of songs, an album of songwriting," he said in a statement.

Longstreth recorded Swing Lo Magellan in upstate New York with mostly the same lineup as on the band's tour for their breakthrough record Bitte Orca – vocalist and guitarist Amber Coffman, bassist Nat Baldwin, drummer Brian McOmber and vocalist Haley Dekle. Vocalist Angel Deradoorian has taken a hiatus from the group.

The track listing for Swing Lo Magellan is as follows:

"Offspring Are Blank"
"About to Die"
"Gun Has No Trigger"
"Swing Lo Magellan"
"Just from Chevron"
"Dance for You"
"Maybe That Was It"
"Impregnable Question"
"See What She Seeing"
"The Socialites"
"Unto Caesar"
"Irresponsible Tune"

You can stream the album's first single, "Gun Has No Trigger," below.

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