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- About To Die by Dirty Projectors
8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 01 November 2012
Never found the time to check out Dirty Projectors. Felt well ignorant when some friends were kicking out in the van the other day. I thought to myself ‘these lot sound a lot better than I was expecting’. Well, new 12” single ‘About To Die’ confirms the fact that yes, they are very good and damn, they’ve got some pretty kooky ideas for a pop band.
The title track is a cheeky little number, mashing up the musical genres like they invented them all whilst somehow getting away with writing a sort of reggae-lite indie pop anthem. Oh, and still sounding like Supertramp somehow along the way. The beats are what throws this little number into turmoil - that and the whacky ass singing.I’m struggling with ‘While You Were Here’ as it’s exclusively a strings and vocal arrangement, ‘Here Til It Says I’m Not’ is an improvement and brings to mind the dynamic songwriting skills of Liverpool’s A.p.A.T.t as well as the all too familiar sound of Paul McCartney though it’s ‘Simple Request’ that wins out with its Field Music meets Led Zep III vibe bringing a little smile to my face. Great stuff. Time to trawl through the back catalogue me thinks.
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