Dirty Projectors visited Emo’s with Wye Oak (pics, setlist)
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors stares into your soul @ Emo's East - 8/2/2012
Wye Oak kicked things off, with Jenn Wasner happy to be back in town. I've said enough about their tunes in the past (super solid tunes), but I have only gotten to see them a handful of times. Their music seems to require a lot of intricacy and well-rehearsed timing, and each time it came off successfully-every time save one brief moment-Jenn smiled enormously. Her guitar ran loudly and much credit needs to be given to partner Andy Stack. At one moment, he was playing the regular drum kit, a synthesized kit and a keyboard...switching it all up fluidly. The only time he didn't have his hands on more than one instrument was when the group played new track, "Survival," where he took to the bass guitar. They closed their set with an emphatic rendition of "Civilian," leaving everyone satisfied and prepared for the night's entrée.
People have been raving about Swing Lo Magellan, so it was only fitting that The Dirty Projectors dedicated a fair amount of their early set to the new record, opening with the album's title track. Interestingly, the songs had a lot more life to them than I expected in the live setting, which is mostly owed to David's energy on the stage; he stalked about, bouncing and smiling all the while. Personally, I still dig the tracks they offered from Bitte Orca; I think it's the best work they've done, and those songs sounded great last night.
Big Projectors fans probably noticed the lack of member Angel Deradoorian, and new member Olga Bell playing her place. Here are some pictures from the Emo's East show. More, including one of the headliner's setlist, below...