Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors - Dirty Projectors
Critic Score
Based on 35 reviews
2017 Ratings: #227 / 881
User Score
Based on 308 ratings
2017 Ratings: #290
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February 21, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
Art Pop, Glitch Pop / Genres
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Dirty Projectors is back with a reshaped identity, serving up experimental/artistic indie-pop while retaining its penchant for eclecticism and unpredictability.

Entertainment Weekly

After spending recent years behind the scenes ... he’s applied some of his musical tourism to Dirty Projectors to convey a batch of hyper-specific lyrics through an often-thrilling blend of electronica, prog-rock, Afro-beat, R&B, and pop.

The 405

Reduced to his own devices, our gentleman hero has crafted both the most intrinsically soulful, emotional, and heartfelt record of his career. No less, he's delivered on one of music's greatest archetypes – and with aplomb.

Though “Dirty Projectors” maintains the same off-beat music style as previous albums, there is a quality to this album that makes it hauntingly beautiful and dark.

Dirty Projectors may be a breakup record, and one with its fair share of petty sniping ... but, cathartic and redemptive, it’s one worth getting to know.


At times, Dirty Projectors recalls the polyphonic adventurism of Bon Iver’s 22, A Million and Sufjan Stevens’ The Age Of Adz. Like those records, it takes conventional songs and plants bombs beneath them, but Longstreth’s immersion is more brazen.

A.V. Club

Heartbreak can be overwhelming, inspiring, and exhausting, and with Dirty Projectors, Longstreth has birthed an album that strives to not only reflect that, but to mimic it, too.

The Skinny

At times, its unflinchingly honest exploration of post-breakup stages and head spaces is difficult listening. But this is also its biggest strength, as Longstreth’s lyrics take the listener through bitterness, anger, melancholy, self-pity and remorse.


It affords listeners the space to grapple with the loss of Dirty Projectors in their previous form, while dispensing enough nurturing, boundary-breaking tonic to ensure that the first run-out for the project's next chapter is shrouded in optimism rather than dissolution, unforeseen obstacles and all.

The Guardian

For the most part ... this is work of emotional and musical maturity: sad, complex and sometimes profound.

Under The Radar

Complex layered production and funky beats jump off in different directions mixing autotune with tracked voices, everything zeroing back in on the trauma of love lost and love obliterated.


The broken-hearted Longstreth sounds like a changed man in many respects, but he's no less talented and visionary than he was before, and Dirty Projectors demonstrates that musically and lyrically, love and its absence have taught him a thing or two.

Drowned in Sound

The record works not because it feels cynical, but because beneath the obvious lyrical headlines, you can sense Longstreth’s genuine enthusiasm for the new forms he’s exploring so vigorously.

Rolling Stone

Longstreth may be lonely, but he isn't alone, and his collaborators push him to new heights.

NOW Magazine
Over lush, sprawling production, Longstreth meticulously crafts a starkly honest account of a fall from grace and a rise back into it that embraces growth and forgiveness.

In what is ostensibly a solo record with a few high-profile collaborations, Dave Longstreth masterfully peels away layer after layer of heartbreak across a strange, dizzying pop album.

Consequence of Sound

As a solo project, Dirty Projectors works well. As significant of a shift as this album is from past Dirty Projectors’ records, the detailed production and arranging work shows Longstreth put all of himself into making it.

The Line of Best Fit

Whilst self-titling the record helps bring the project back into relevance after a long hiatus, it also seems to affirm its own identity after its own loss; the record features neither Coffman nor Angel Deradoorian, but it is still a Dirty Projectors record.

Northern Transmissions

It’s a lush, sometimes confounding post-pop experiment that comes without the other key players that served alongside him over the last decade.


Voyeuristic as it is, Dirty Projectors truly does feel like a record he had to make, not to mention one that's well worth our attention.

The Needle Drop

Dirty Projectors return with an entirely revamped sound.

Loud and Quiet

Only occasionally ... does Longstreth’s wonderful musical inventiveness distract sufficiently from the distinctly unbecoming, angry and chiding atmosphere of ‘Dirty Projectors’.


What Longstreth attempts to pass as daring, confessional experimentation often veers closer to self-indulgence, however, and too often he comes across as an unsympathetic character in his own narrative.

Pretty Much Amazing
I dunno, I hope Longstreth is happy and hope this album is something he needed to get out of his system before he goes back to making good music again. But on the basis of this, and on Animal Collective’s last album, there may simply not be many promising places left to go in this direction, not that I have any better suggestions.

The songs do feel new, untested, sharply divorced from previous iterations of the band. Gone is the tuneful swirl of female vocals that made the Bitte Orca-era songs sound so delirious and vibrant.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Dirty Projectors mainly functions as just that: a snapshot of an artist as viewed from the outside, struggling to create something that applies to anybody but himself.

No Ripcord

We can only assume that there’s a deep meaning within the songs’ hall-of-mirrors approach to songwriting, but Dirty Projectors ultimately leaves one too puzzled to empathize with apart from letting out a false, mouth-gaping awe.

The Independent

David Longstreth’s account of his separation from former bandmate Amber Coffman told through a welter of autotuned, over-treated vocals and jumble of clashing sounds that, to be generous, may be intended as an analogue of the ground shifting beneath their disintegrating relationship.

Dirty Projectors is back with a very good album, live up to his expectations.

It mixes the experimental/indie/art pop universe that the band has built, electronic effects (glitch), and R&B interpretations (like Death Spiral) that sometimes sound like some of James Blake's songs. It gives an innovative and futuristic character to the album.

Dirty Projectors LP transcends pop music, especially Little Bubble, strange and of rare beauty, which sublimates the album.

Nevertheless, the songs ... read more
Up In Hudson is song of the year.

Most people wont like this because its not an easy listen, while also missing that which makes Dirty Projectors what they are - Amber. Despite the missing in harmony and passion, Dave has shown is musical genius in his technical ability to produce emotional and cloudy clear representation of his emotions in a heartbreak. This album is truly spectacular first few listens, with Keep Your Name, Up in Hudson, and Cool Your Heart being up there for SOTY. It does ... read more
After the mildly interesting Swing Lo Magellan, the eccentric indie-rockers Dirty Projectors are back with what might be their most experimental effort to date. The first thing to notice here is that there a lot less vocal harmonies than what we may be used to hear from the band. Second, what the listener will get in this self-titled album is an amalgam of oddball indie-rock/pop tunes that blend all of the Dirty Projectors' many facets into amorphous compositions, this time relying much more on ... read more
Quite a shift tonally from the previous albums, I actually quite like the tone but it can feel a little repetitive on this album. With the knowledge of what happened to the group between this album and Swing Lo Magellan it makes sense why they went with this tone. Its a decent release from them and a lot of people will likely enjoy it.
After the loss of multiple members in 2017, David Longstreth takes on nearly the entirety of the vocals, instrumentation, and emotional weight of the group’s self-titled project. Despite its down-trodden undertones, this truly feels like a renaissance for the band, a cinematic spectacle of beauty and experimentation standing out amongst the multitude of their fresh ideas.

In a way, this feels like Dirty Projectors’ Yeezus...let me explain. Due to the loss of vocal accompaniments, ... read more
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Track List

  1. Keep Your Name
  2. Death Spiral
  3. Up In Hudson
  4. Work Together
  5. Little Bubble
  6. Winner Take Nothing
  7. Ascent Through Clouds
  8. Cool Your Heart
  9. I See You
  10. Little Bubble
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Added on: January 18, 2017