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Dirty Projectors, 'Dirty Projectors'
Dirty Projectors: ‘Dirty Projectors’22/50

Dirty Projectors, 'Dirty Projectors'

We Say: The DPs' self-titled seventh LP is filled with freaky cyber-crooning, outrageous beats, startling sample flips and tasty guitar heroics; think 808s & Heartbreak: The Next Generation. To be sure, it's a breakup record – presumably involving [leader David] Longstreth's relationship with ex-Projector Amber Coffman. The sense of separation is palpable. Once defined by talented female singers (Coffman foremost), the band is down to one lonely dude crooning into a digital hall of mirrors. "Now I'm listening to Kanye on the Taconic Parkway, riding fast," Longstreth reflects on "Up in Hudson," envisioning an ex "out in Echo Park blasting Tupac, drinkin' a fifth for my ass."

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