Dirty Projectors

To call Dirty Projectors' new album Swing Lo Magellan their most "accessible" or "straightforward" is to quietly elide just how weird the band have historically been. The decade-long recording project of David Longstreth, a Yale-educated lefty guitar player with a fondness for African pop and American avante-garde, Dirty Projectors has made songs about the Eagles' Don Henley, re-imagined Black Flag's Damaged from faulty memory, and collaborated with equally adventurous artists from Bjork and the Roots to White Rainbow's Adam Forkner. Previous album Bitte Orca was a dazzling work of disjointed rhythm and melody and unearthly, broken-up vocal harmonies (Longstreth's own warbly voice backed by the trio of Angel Deradoorian, Amber Coffman, and Haley Dekle). So, yes, Magellan's songs are less fractured and more flowing, but they're still delightfully strange and full of unexpected pleasures. With Wye Oak. ERIC GRANDY

Mon., July 23, 8 p.m., 2012

 
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