One of my favorite records this year (top three even) is the Dirty Projectors‘ Swing Lo Magellan. It seems that despite Dave Longstreth and company’s love for experimental chords and complex melodies, stripping and paring down their songs, as they did in Swing Lo Magellan, actually made the Dirty Projectors‘ songs more intimate and relatable. And, in my honest opinion, resulted in their best record to date.
The About To Die EP sorts of serves as the B-side to that great record. Along with the title track, which is found in Swing Lo Magellan, the three other songs in the EP sounds like they could fit quite comfortably with the original record but due to one reason or another were left out. Thus, if you, like me, were a big fan of Swing Lo Magellan, hearing these additional songs feels like an undiscovered treat and helps expand the universe created by that record.
Stream the sad While You’re Here, which is the song Dave Longstreth dedicated to Gerald Smith, the late bassist of TV On The Radio.
Dirty Projectors – About To Die EP comes out 11/6 via Domino (order here)