A beautiful thing.
If last September’s grainy, pitch-shift-soaked ‘Keep Your Name’ was a slightly muted, downbeat return to Dirty Projectors’ world, after David Longstreth’s shifts with the likes of Joanna Newsom, Solange and the fearsome threesome of Rihanna, Kanye West and that ‘Paul McCartney guy...’, ‘Up In Hudson’ definitely suggests that their upcoming self-titled album could see them back at their weird, wonderful best.
Like much of their high watermark ‘Bitte Orca’, this is a wonky, off-kilter r’n’b jam, with Longstreth spinning the tale of a relationship both personal and musical, from punk rock meet cute beginning to reflective, bittersweet end: a story he knows all too well.
It's full of warm brass, perfectly pitched oohs and aahs, and growling synth stabs. And, in the moment when Longstreth sings “First time ever I kissed your mouth/We both felt time stop”, the music does just that - if you don’t feel an ache in your heart, you should probably check your pulse. A beautiful thing. Rob Mesure