Aural Pleasure Review
Dirty Projectors: 'Swing Lo Magellan'
Published: July 18, 2012
As subtly disorienting an experience as Swing Lo Magellan is, it represents a move to center by indie rock’s most unflinchingly avant-garde outfit. When ringleader Dave Longstreth referred to this new album as “an album of songs,” he wasn’t being coy, just remarking on the fact that Swing Lo Magellan is — more than previous Dirty Projectors’ efforts — concerned with (gorgeous) songs rather than with sketches or experiments. Not to worry, though: raw mixes, soaring operatic harmonies, and off-kilter percussion still lend an endearing and rewardingly complex art school quality to the album.
★★★★ (out of 5 stars)