REVIEW: Dirty Projectors at Crofoot by Ki Li
Dirty Projectors, Crofoot Ballroom, August 15th 2012 by Ki Li
Having only been recently introduced to the eccentric styling of the Dirty Projectors, I was at first caught off guard by this band, just two years ago. At first listen, I found the sound disturbing yet compelling, fits and spurts of varied timing and indulgent harmony, resulting in a provocative revelation of a story unfolding. Showcasing their latest album, Swing Lo Magellan, singer David Longstreth delivers consistency in his emotionally inspired, often vague lyrical content, allowing the listener to draw some conclusions of their own.
Mixing fan favorites from previous release Bitte Orca, such as Cannibal Resource, No Intention and the encore show stopper Stillness is the Move, alongside new tracks, yet notably omitting ever popular Temecula Sunrise from the set list.
The performance was executed seamlessly between dance pop and suspense filled ambience, engaging the entire audience for the duration of the show, a rare treat for someone like myself, who can easily lose interest mid way through a set, given to unfamiliar works.
With a sound system to rival any other, this was an excellent venue for this artful arrangement of intricate vocal harmonies, guitar interplay accompanied by synthetic and organic beats. As an on looker of excited fans at the end of the performance, Longstreth found time to immerse himself with the crowd immediately following his time on stage, allowing his fans to take pictures and answer questions.
It was then his turn, to be caught off guard, when I suggested he remove his shirt for a photo op, he only replied with a raised eyebrow, to which I could only laugh at my own joke.
Words/Photos by Ki Li