Back in 2009, I was a naive college freshman attempting to make his musical taste reach outside of more-or-less conventional tastes. In doing so, that year’s Bitte Orca became a classic in my eyes (ears?). The experimental pop/rock band Dirty Projectors, headed by David Longstreth, have been relatively quiet since then. However, with a new album confirmed to be out sometime this year, you knew Longstreth and his alt-baguettes (Amber Coffman and Angel Deradoorian) would have to put out something new at some point. That day has come, and let us rejoice, fellow listeners, for this track is a perfect encapsulation of what DP is best at: infinitely poignant lyricism with pop sensibilities that will simply entrance you.
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Seattle space-funk duo and Shabazz Palaces collaborator THEESatisfaction is streaming their new album on NPR. Check it out here.
Audio: “Normal Song”
Put Your Back N 2 It seems like a strange name for an album, and it seems even stranger when said album features piano-laden ballads that describe, sometimes in detail, the effects of what it means to be engulfed by the monstrosities of drugs, abuse, and general malaise. Following 2010’s underrated Learning, Seattle native Mike Hadreas comes back with a sophomore album that has the feel of a sequel. Where Learning thrived on that lo-fi crackling and all-around intimacy, Hadreas’ latest album finds him incorporating proper studio equipment and an ambitious, despondent attitude.
The album is out March 20, but you can stream the album via iTunes here.
Blue Chips is a collaborative effort with Queens producer Party Supplies. Guests include: Kool AD, Roc Marciano, and Mayhem Lauren. Download the mixtape here.