The Dirty Projectors took a circuitous, complicated, sometimes confounding route to where they are today, but where they are today is at the tip top of what could be called “the intellectual indie.” The band, led by the dynamic and singular Dave Longstreth, broke into greater consciousness with 2009’s Bitte Orca, an album laced with complex multi-part harmonies, ever-unpredictable song structures, and an infectious catchiness. And while the Dirty Projectors’ music remains for many an acquired taste, on their brand new album, Swing Lo Magellan, they’ve embraced a more concise and streamlined songwriting to make themselves again a contender for the peak of many prospective best-of-year lists. With all this in mind, we had no choice but to call Dave  to talk good and evil, existentialism, GPS, and that hilarious thing we call “death.”

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