Is there any other way to return from a planned absence than with a controversial defamation of one of indie’s most admired bands? No. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not about to criticise the critically unassailable Dirty Projectors simply for the sake of it; they’ve always been a very impressive band owing mostly to Amber Coffman’s ethereal vocals, but I’ve never been able to get past a feeling of emotional disconnection beyond that. In other words, they’ve always seemed brilliant in a far too ordered and sterile way; always something to admire as a thing of beauty but never to get lost in.
But now, on “Get Free”, Major Lazer have bridged the gap with a tender and understated production that brings an originality to proceedings and suits Amber’s voice perfectly. All I’m going to say is that if I were Prime Minister, I would pass a law to make sure that Amber Coffman is legally obliged to work with Major Lazer for the unforeseeable future… Just saying, so when you see my name on that ballot paper you know which way to vote.*
In other new music news today… Outfit quietly slipped in a new track, “Drakes”. I won’t say much more, because if truth be told, I’m actually quite embarrassed by how much I like them; the entire store of second-hand superlatives has been used up in attempting to describe them so, instead, here’s a small, unsubstantiated note of further support; I think this might be my favourite Outfit song yet. If you’re wondering why I’m writing about a high street fashion conglomerate like an excited teenage girl, see here, here and here.
*Of course, you’d only actually be able to see my name if you happened to live in the constituency that I would be hypothetically running for. Chill out politics nerds.