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Dirty Projectors: OMG!

If rock records there must be, then let them be like Lamp Lit Prose

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by Ancient Champion, for outsideleft.com
originally published: July, 2018
I have no idea what is going to happen next...
by Ancient Champion, for outsideleft.com
originally published: July, 2018
I have no idea what is going to happen next...

Dirty Projectors
Lamp Lit Prose
(Domino)

Okay, so, y'all know we are massive fans of the Dirty Projectors. So let's just say, Lamp Lit Prose sounds just amazing, and is totally great. And since the house is empty, here, I am shouting this is fucking brilliant towards the top of my voice. This time out, tons of guitars.All of the sounds so present. And all of everything, all so Gonzo as it goes... There's no hesitation. And I have no idea what is going to happen next, sonically, singing-wise. It sounds like a record without the merest moment of compromise and is all the more excellent for it.

Lamp Lit Prose is constituted around a band featuring, alongside big figure David Longstreth, Maia Friedman (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), Felicia Douglass (percussion, keyboards, backing vocals), Kristin Slipp (keyboards, backing vocals), Nat Baldwin (bass, keyboards), and Mike Daniel Johnson (drums). 

Great records, like Lamp Lit Prose, are like great novels or great short stories right? They either 1. Make you think OMG I have to make something myself, dust off those Nanokeys. 2. Conclude Since I could never make something as great as that I'd be best advised to stop. 

Lamp Lit Prose features a Beyond Fab array of guests too, no Dawn Richard who made Cool Your Heart so splendid on 2016s Dirty Projectors, but still plenty of our favorites for pumping from the Leak (valve amp heating up the living room). All go for it too. Syd and Amber Mark are on there, Empress Of... And Dear Nora ends on a cinematic note...

If there have to be any more rock records. Oh how I hope not, not any more. For God's sake let them sound as sensational as this.


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