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Watch Dirty Projectors Perform a Candlelit Tiny Desk Concert

Lamp Lit Prose Out Now via Domino

Dec 05, 2018 Dirty Projectors
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Dirty Projectors (the project of Dave Longstreth) released a new album, Lamp Lit Prose, back in July via Domino. Now the band have stopped by NPR’s offices to perform three songs as a Tiny Desk Concert. Befitting the album’s title, it was a partially candlelit session. For the uninitiated, Tiny Desk Concerts are stripped down sets recorded at the desk of Bob Boilen, the host of NPR’s All Songs Considered. The band wasn’t able to make it to the offices until after the sun had gone down, so while the Tiny Desk Concerts are usually powered by natural light, this one required candles, white Christmas lights, and more. The band performed “That’s a Lifestyle,” “Right Now,” and “What Is the Time?” Watch it below.

Lamp Lit Prose is the follow-up to a their self-titled album, which was released just last year via Domino. Previously they shared a video for its first single, “Break-Thru” (which was one of our Songs of the Week), as well as another song from the album, “That’s a Lifestyle,” via a minimalist animated video. On the eve of the album’s release they shared one last pre-release single, the upbeat “I Feel Energy,” which features guest vocals from Amber Mark and was also one of our Songs of the Week.

Lamp Lit Prose features Robin Pecknold, Rostam, HAIM, Empress Of, and others. A previous press release described the album as such: “Lamp Lit Prose arrives just over a year after 2017’s self-titled Dirty Projectors. Here Longstreth’s band returns with a new album that is the yang to the yin of the 2017 effort. The songs signal a page turned for Longstreth: hope instead of heartbreak, a restorative balance. Guitars have returned to the Dirty Projectors’ world, intricate vocal harmony too. Lamp Lit Prose is a recommitment to the sounds and ideals of Dirty Projectors, embracing the band’s trademarks while pushing forward the sonic envelope.”

Their 2018 tour was the band’s first full-on tour in five years. On tour Longstreth was joined by previous members Nat Baldwin (bass) and Mike Johnson (drums), as well as three new band members: Felicia Douglass (percussion/vocals), Maia Friedman (guitar/vocals), and Kristin Slipp (keyboards, vocals).

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