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The Dirty Projectors
The Glad Fact
Western Vinyl

Given that the Dirty Projectors is Dave Longstreth doing the homemade handmade one-man-band thing, it's no surprise that this disc starts off with dirty drums cut up into a rudimentary loop, draped with one-finger keyboards to suit the mood. The expectation, then, is that the next 45 minutes is gonna be not much but the same... and then the opening title-track song stops after two minutes, and in comes Longstreth's voice. As in a film that waits a few key scenes before introducing the hero of the show with a defined, definite introduction, this arrival of his voice is the start of the album's star turn. Whilst home-recorded four-tracker-type efforts usually find those boys who dare to sing doing so with so much breathy diffidence, Longstreth sings like some someone singing around the house — rolling tape be damned. He hums whilst cutting vegetables, croons whilst doing the dishes, and flat-out belts it out in the shower, making lines like "There will not be an email/ There will not be a phone call" seem profoundly poetic in their prosaic day-to-day ways. His voice could easily be said to be somewhere between those of Tim and Jeff Buckley, but where saying such may speak of his being a vocal virtuoso, Longstreth is more the exuberant amateur. Here, he hits plenty of notes that're, y'know, off the note, but part of his whole home-recorded shtick is that this disc is littered with dissonance and disharmony and such, and, in such, you often get the feeling that Longstreth is working in Tori Kudo mode, covering up his technical profiency with a cultivated naïveté. Assembling an array of instruments entirely on his own, he prefers to fumble together humble arrangements, his collagist approach upping the idiosyncrasy as his idiosyncratic voice — multi-tracked, doused in reverb, front and center — leads you into unique artistic worlds of one man's creation. Whilst there are moments that seem most recent-Radiohead-like in the way a dense weave of atonal parts is woven together around a raw, warbling, wailing vocal, Longstreth's influences seem less recent, his multi-tracked, doused-in-reverb, front-and-center vocals speaking of influence from Depression-era folk/blues and jazz/folk troubadours. These influences aren't the kind worn on one's sleeve, though. There, Longstreth proudly pins his heart, keeping his disparate musical desires clothed and close to his chest, this finished album-length presentation less about record collections and more about whole persons. His particular, peculiar musical persona does have a context though, Longstreth having spiritual and actual associations with all those wandering K Recs types like Little Wings and [[[[VVRSSNN]]]] and Microphones — meaning it's almost from a social circle, no less, in which there's an artistic dialogue. When it's heard simply on its own, though— as one man-as-island's missive, almost akin to a message in a bottle — it's hard to imagine the Dirty Projectors as the work of anything but a reluctant recluse.

by Anthony Carew

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