DIRTY PRO­JEC­TORS

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Dirty Pro­jec­tors

DOMINO

LIS­TEN: ‘Cool Your Heart’

9/10

AF­FECT­ING BREAK-UP LP FROM ALT.POP MAVERICKS

Has Dave Longstreth writ­ten his

Lemon­ade? It’s five years since Dirty Pro­jec­tors’ Swing Lo Mag­el­lan, in the aftermath of which the Brook­lyn en­sem­ble’s leader en­dured a painful split from band­mate Am­ber Coff­man.

Here he delves un­flinch­ingly into the break-up, em­ploy­ing an emo­tion-drenched palette of pro­cessed beats, sobbing r’n’b tem­pos and vo­cals driz­zly with melan­choly.

Longstreth stretched him­self ar­tis­ti­cally dur­ing the group’s hia­tus, writ­ing with Solange and Kanye among oth­ers. Those in­flu­ences have au­di­bly rubbed off. Opener ‘Keep Your Name’ ma­te­ri­alises in a swirl of slurred vo­cals; the flag­el­la­tory ‘Death Spi­ral’ demon­strates Kanye lev­els of ‘the whole world hates me’ ego.

But indie rocker Longstreth is cursed with a self-aware­ness that eludes many of his chums from the world of r’n’b. Over the course of this ex­tra­or­di­nary record, he makes peace with ro­man­tic loss (the Bon Iver-es­que ‘As­cent Through the Clouds’) be­fore, on cooly twitchy Solange hook-up, ‘Cool Your

Heart’, fi­nally reach­ing a ten­ta­tive op­ti­mism.

7he Pes­saJe Ŋ that even the PRst op­pres­sive clouds lift even­tu­ally

– is hardly orig­i­nal. Yet Longstreth ar­rives at the con­clu­sion hon­estly and humbly. Along the way, he may well have crafted Dirty Pro­jec­tors’ mas­ter­piece.

OUT FE­BRU­ARY 24 / ED POWER

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