Dave Longstreth’s experimental outfit are back with this deliciously weird collaboration with singer Dawn Richard.
Like many people, I first became aware of Dirty Projectors via 2009’s Bitte Orca album and the single ‘Stillness Is The Move’, a waaay left-of-centre take on R&B that almost became some kind of hit record. Bitte Orca itself was even broader in scope and defied any kind of easy categorisation, a truly out-there pop record which displayed Longstreth’s ability to take disparate elements and fuse them in to something unexpected.
And so it is with ‘Cool Your Heart’ which actually sounds odder on the third listen than it does the first as the complex, intricate production nestles in your head. It bodes well for the upcoming eponymous album due to be released on February 24th. Music needs band like Dirty Projectors, who like to push things a bit farther than most, but not so far you can’t follow where they lead. It’s good to have them back.