Earlier in Dirty Projectors' career arc, they often faced criticisms that they were indie-avant garde nonsense; that there was real genius going on inside Dave Longstreth's brain, but that he hadn't yet figured out a way to get us lesser souls to understand it. After all, this was the band whose 2007 album Rise Above
was a reimagining of a Black Flag album. But in 2010, Dirty Projectors released Bitte Orca
and we -- well, most of us -- began to actually get it. Most of the album struck a balance between obtuse, Mozart-like composition and singer-songwriting for the masses. And we ate it up like chicken wings. Swing Lo Magellan
, if anything, is Dirty Projectors and Longstreth continuing to find a way to make utter complexity edible.