The Dirty Projectors – Gun Has No Trigger

April 3, 2012

The long time knock on the Dirty Projectors before the release of the incredibly inventive but palatable Bitte Orca was that Longstreth was just too challenging. No one ever doubted his musical talents or virtuosity, but whether his music was a victim of his own genius was the question. And Bitte Orca seemed to answer that very question by blending Longstreth’s musical nerdyness with hooks that half of Brooklyn was whistling and R&B rhythms that made his artistic quirks feel almost cool. Now comes the first release from upcoming album Swing Lo Magellan, “Gun Has No Trigger.” It’s a track that, as usual, builds off of the backing vocals of the three sirens and mostly features Longstreth’s strained croons, but outside of that, The Dirty Projectors seem to be experimenting with new generic tricks and tropes.