By KRUA Music Manager Felipe Godoy
Earlier in the year Brooklyn based Dirty Projectors released “Swing Lo Magellan,” the band’s seventh studio album since 2003. The record was experimental in the aspects that it drew inspiration from unlikely influences. Styles ranged from Nirvana to Lil’ Wayne and almost everything in between. Critics hailed the album for being the band’s most accessible record to date. Now, months later the band released a follow up EP to act as a companion to “Swing Lo Magellan.” In what has come a common trend, indie acts like Dr. Dog and Andrew Bird and now Dirty Projectors will release a follow up record of songs that were not used in the initial recording of their albums. In this case, the Dirty Projectors’ “About To Die” EP is composed of both songs from “Swing Lo Magellan” and new previously unreleased material.
“About to Die” appropriately begins with reissue of the track “About to Die” that was featured on “Swing Lo Magellan.” The song features a unique drumming percussion , finger strums from violins and even hand claps – a reoccurring instrumentation on “Swing Lo Magellan.” The track is completed with David Longstreth vocals that may seem like it cracks from time to time but it more adds personality to his voice.
The rest of the song on this EP are the orchestral led “While You’re Here” and the slow paced “Here Til It Says I’m Not” that features the notorious background oohs and hand claps from Amber Coffman, Haley Dekle, and Olga Bell. The track “Simple Request” is characterized by the loud drumming and cymbal crashes from Michael Johnson. The short “Buckle Up” is faster and sounds unlike the band’s usual indie tracks with its lo-fi distorted guitar accompaniment. The EP closes with “Desire To Love” that is carried with a heavy bass line from bassist Nat Baldwin and Longstreth impressive vocals that ranges in pitches through the track.
Aside, from “About To Die” the rest of tracks are short, one dimensional, and almost plain. However, each track accomplishes showcasing the band’s member’s talents in a way that can make this EP listenable. If “Swing Lo Magellan” is the big brother, “About To Die” is the little brother that still has lessons to be learned. 3/5