Former Dirty Projectors'
member, Amber Coffman, has finally spoken out about her split from the band, breakup with frontman, Dave Longstreth, and the release of her first solo album, City Of No Reply
Last September, Dirty Projectors released the first of new material since 2012, "Keep Your Name", a song that Coffman's vocals didn't appear on. The song sparked some rumors about the breakup between Coffman and Longstreth. It was also the first time the world (as well as Amber Coffman) heard about an upcoming album from Longstreth. A month later, Coffman released her first single, "All to Myself," which confirmed the split between the two.
On February 24th, Longstreth released the entire album under the band's name, which he kept, and called it a "break-up album." Dirty Projectors
features songs about heartbreak and feeling lonely and adds subtle humor throughout.
Coffman shared a statement, as she prepares to release City Of No Reply
, an album in which Longstreth worked on as a writer and producer. In a detailed statement from Coffman, she talks about a break-up from Longstreth in 2012 after a 6-year relationship. Coffman and Longstreth eventually rekindled friendship and worked on her upcoming solo album together, then had an unfortunate fallout.
In the statement
, Amber said:
"Dave and I indeed broke up in the summer of 2012, after a 6 year relationship. After a long tumultuous period, we managed to patch things up enough to leave the future open, and in 2014 we gave working together on my music a test run. Eventually I brought him on in a greater capacity as a producer, he moved to LA and we recorded my album at his newly built studio in 2015. All went considerably well, but things took an unfortunate downturn around the completion of my record, at which time we stopped speaking.
It was never my intention or wish to leave the band or end my friendship with Dave. It was a surprise to me to learn last September about his album plans, the content, timing, use of the band name, etc I consider it a loss to no longer be involved with Dirty Projectors, but ultimately walking away was the only healthy choice for me.
I'm really proud of the album I made and my hope is that people will listen to it on its own terms. I've waited a long time to share it and I'm looking forward to it.