The utterly tragic news that AlunaGeorge has moved their album release date back a couple of weeks to mid July was tempered with the release of a remix of a Dirty Projectors track, ‘The Socialites’. It works as something like the opposite of a good day to bury bad news. This remix makes us forget all about everything.
It’s quite a fun listen. First, it’s full of those unusual sounds that George Reid is becoming famed for, sprinkled over the original track. Then the original track drops out, save for some vocal scraps twisted to become something completely unrecognisable, and we’re left with pure, vivid bass music. It’s a bit of a surprise to hear it coming from George Francis, but it’s also quite refreshing. Enjoy.
Looks can be deceiving. I recently reviewed an album for another site which was simply called ‘☤’ (by Run, Walk!). I’m really not a fan of pretentious outside-of-the-box band names/track names/album titles, although the album itself ended winning me over. So I guess it serves as a lesson not to judge something by its cover.
On that note, hey! There’s a new Dirty Projectors album out! Or at least, it will be soon. The album is called Swing Lo Magellan and is currently streaming over on the Guardian website. For those unaware of their previous M.O. (apologies, I started watching Band of Brothers again), they make spiraling indie-pop that regularly shifts gear and wanders off in interesting directions.
So after a minute of the opening track ‘Offspring Are Blank’, I was enjoying an R&B jacked ditty. But suddenly, out of nowhere comes this ferocious guitar lick, like a hot rock knife slicing through that R&B butter. This ferocious dichotomy continues on unabashed for the remainder of the track, showing that we should never get too set in our ways, or to become too expectant of what is to come. Especially on a Dirty Projectors record.
Here’s some ‘Offspring Are Blank’ Youtube goodness for you.