Dirty Projectors, the / Slaves Graves and Ballads
Album: Slaves Graves and Ballads   Collection:General
Artist:Dirty Projectors, the   Added:Aug 2004
Label:Western Vinyl  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-03-06 Pull Date: 2005-05-08
Week Ending: May 8 May 1 Apr 24 Apr 17 Apr 10 Apr 3 Mar 27 Mar 20
Airplays: 1 1 3 1 3 3 1 3

Recent Airplay
1. May 25, 2017: serenity now
On the Beach
4. May 05, 2010: Lyric Ballads/Spider Rave
On the Beach
2. Jan 27, 2017: Road Trip
Because You Light Is Turninn
5. Oct 29, 2009: A2Z
On the Beach
3. Aug 02, 2014: Fishbowl
A Labor More Restful
6. Jul 28, 2009: Jena & Gomorrah: Black is the Colors
(Throw on The) Hazard Lights

Album Review
Reviewed 2005-02-24
Poly-choral freak-folk? Glitch opera? Experimental chamber pop? Basically, we have diminished chords + bass drums + string quartet + operatic moans + pure idiosyncratic vision = this album. The Dirty Projectors is Dave Longstreth doing whatever the fuck he feels like, which here means working with what he calls “The Orchestral Society for the Preservation of the Orchestra” for the first half of the album (tracks 1-7), then delivering his own, impassioned solo songs for the second half (8-14). This album is for all you fans of reclusive weirdoes with odd voices who pop up every now and again to grace the world with darkly brilliant and dangerous melodies. For fans of Animal Collective, Joanna Newsom, Nancy Sinatra, etc. Play this, I dare you. Recommended: 2, 8, 6, 3, 11, 10, 4, 13

1. Xylophone and spoken word into some wailing.
**2. Brilliant strings and drums; this one gets into my head and won’t leave.
*3. The clarinet wails :his voice cracks once more, again :play track (a haiku)
*4. Remember seeing Fantasia as a kid? What if you’d gotten stabbed in the throat, but still tried to sing along? Huh?
5. I also liked Peter and the Wolf a lot. Slower, tense, dynamics.
*6. Beautiful, like a 30’s movie soundtrack gone awry.
7. Reprise of track 3, instrumental.
*8. The beginning of the softer, solo section. Same sweet moody singing.
9. Quite mellow, old timey.
*10. Even softer lullaby, insect noises. Dark and beautiful.
*11. Halting, uplifting song, very interesting guitar picking.
12. A simpler tune, someone hammers in tent pegs.
*13. Another lullaby, with some horns. Nice.
14. Soft confessional pluckings. Starts a little slow, gets very good by end.
And if you liked this stuff at all, The Dirty Projectors have a new album coming out this year: an opera about Don Henley (of the Eagles) and Aztecs. Sounds hot to me.

Track Listing
1. Somberly, Kimberly   8. A Labor More Restful
2. On the Beach   9. Unmoved
3. (Throw, On) the Haxard Light   10. Ladies, You Have Exiled Me
4. Slaves Graves   11. Because You Light Is Turninn
5. Grandfathers Hanging   12. Obscure Wisdom
6. We Are Swaddled   13. This Weather
7. Hazard Lights   14. Since I Opened