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Dirty Projectors — The Getty Address
(Western Vinyl West 032 , 2005, CD)

by Cesar Montesano, Published 2007-03-01

The Getty Address Cover artDopamine on crutches flying straight to the heart of freak-folk Americana. Welcome to the song cycle of a cloth cut from the same material as Van Dyke Parks' most evangelized piece of work, updated to mix in with the contemporaries in this burgeoning branching tree waving its arms about like a herd of bearded goats. Acolytes of Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, and the bevy of others that make up the multicolored strip of this new hoisting flag sweeping across the nation and some parts of the globe. Total resurgence of the much maligned 60s and 70s Wyrd-Folk genre is afoot. The Dirty Projectors are merely dusting off the lenses from that sordid overlooking and incorporating a bit more electronics than those forethought folkies had access to. Overall, it is an acoustic affair with a host of string and percussion instruments to round out the sound. Vocals are seemingly slightly overdubbed. Perhaps a lick of Tea & Symphony streaks though behind the curtains. As a sign of the times, this affectation in stylistic mood takes an upswing down the beat-oriented inflection as well. A very soothing section comes to a head about forty-odd minutes later whereupon massed voices pair up next to where a wafting violin lies in wait for periodic rhythmic emancipation.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2005 releases

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