Swing Lo Magellan (2012) These arty Brooklynites charmed the bloggerati with 2009's Bitte Orca , which grafted their proggier tendencies onto more straightforward song structures. On Swing Lo Magellan… 2012-07-10 Dirty Projectors Indie Rock Domino
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Swing Lo Magellan (2012)

DIRTY AND DISCORDANT Anarchy gives way to overcompensation in this album and the band fails to live up to its potential
DIRTY AND DISCORDANT Anarchy gives way to overcompensation in this album and the band fails to live up to its potential
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jul 10, 2012; Lead Performance: Dirty Projectors; Genre: Indie Rock; Production: Domino

These arty Brooklynites charmed the bloggerati with 2009's Bitte Orca, which grafted their proggier tendencies onto more straightforward song structures. On Swing Lo Magellan, though, the group almost seems to be apologizing for even those mild concessions, doubling down on hookless instrumentation and discordant harmonies. It should be thrillingly anarchic; instead, it just meanders. Still, ''Gun Has No Trigger'' recaptures Orca's eerie energy, while ''Impregnable Question'' is quietly powerful, a taste of order amid the chaos. B

Best Tracks:
Gun Has No Trigger
Impregnable Question
Originally posted Jul 04, 2012 Published in issue #1215 Jul 13, 2012 Order article reprints