Dirty Projectors

Saturn Presents:

Dirty Projectors

Buzzy Lee

Fri. May 18, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


$20.00 - $22.00

This event is 18 and over

Dirty Projectors
Dirty Projectors
THE NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM does everything we want and expect from Dirty Projectors -- but in a way that we never could have imagined or anticipated. In a career of surprising conceptual gambits, unexpected stylistic shifts, and continually changing lineups -- this is, as DJ Khaled says, "ANOTHER ONE"!

A PROTEAN, SHAPE-SHIFTING CHAMELEON, Dave Longstreth, the founding member and sole constant Projector, goes where the music is: he builds his band and arrangements around the songs he's writing in that moment.

'Dirty Projectors' is a BREAKUP ALBUM. These songs, coming out of a place of heartbreak & depression, began as private gestures of catharsis & healing. DL couldn't see any future for Dirty Projectors, much less imagine these as Dirty Projectors songs, until he went to LA, where Rick Rubin urged him that this is exactly what they are.

The ABSENCE OF FEMALE VOICES -- notably that of the beloved Amber Coffman -- becomes both the subject of the album and the engine of its most inspired leaps: allowing DL to branch out as a producer & arranger, encouraging him to hone his songcraft, and forcing him to focus on his own voice, to revelatory result.

Perhaps the greatest surprise is that Longstreth's VOICE -- one of the most iconic & divisive in music today -- has gone from being a sometime-liability to his music's greatest and most expressive asset. The CHOPPING, LAYERING, SPEEDING UP & SLOWING DOWN of the voice is processing both literal and metaphoric: DL works through the new absence on a course of self-examination, interrogation, reflection. But his natural voice is the great reveal: out of the black hole of loss comes a quantum spark of CONFIDENCE & PURE FEELING.

From the baritone lament of Keep Your Name to the crooning pathos of Little Bubble and the breathless falsetto leaps of Winner Take Nothing, these songs establish DL as one of music's most VERSATILE, ORIGINAL SINGERs.

The album flexes DL's tremendous GROWTH & STRENGTH AS A PRODUCER. Classic Projectors trademarks are here -- guitar, hocketing, powerful three-part vocal harmony -- as a foundation for a new world of insanely fresh drum patterns, Rhodes, Wurlitzer, brass choir, string quartet, piano, modular synth, Kontakt and Arturia patches, all tied together in dizzying next-level arrangements. DL is at the top of his game as one of 2017's most original producers in any genre.

DL himself remains agnostic about genre and ecumenical in his inspiration. In some ways, the album answers the question Dirty Projectors posed way back in 2009 -- before the waves of nu-r&b and Beyoncé quoting the Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- with STILLNESS IS THE MOVE: what would a post-genre collision of r&b, indie rock and other music sound like? From the SUBTWEET BOP of Keep Your Name to the DIGITAL BENEDICTION that is I See You, this is truly GENRELESS MUSIC that pushes at and expands the edges of what we're used to hearing.

DL cites Karl Ove Knausgård, Joni Mitchell, and Drake as his most passionately explored writers of the last few years, and there's a new DEPTH & LYRICISM in this suite of richly complex songs. Self-reflection and fantasy helix together in DETAILED LAYERS OF STORY: rife in ambiguity, raging with doubt and ambivalence, labyrinthine in their self-contradiction. Considering this range, the NARRATIVE UNITY of the album is astounding. Dirty Projectors is known for concept albums -- from the collaboration with Björk, 'Mount Wittenberg Orca' (2010), to the glitch opera 'The Getty Address' (2005), to the Black-Flag-reimagined opus 'Rise Above' (2007). And now 'Dirty Projectors' is the most TAUT, UNIFIED, CONTINUOUS ARC of storytelling yet -- beginning with the anger and self-recrimination of "Keep Your Name" and ending with the forgiveness and reconciliation of "I See You."

DL has made a breakup album before: his first album, the rare and out-of-print 'Graceful Fallen Mango,' from 2001. Fifteen years later, Dirty Projectors is arriving where you began and knowing the place for the first time. The significance of it being a self-titled record is clear: 'Dirty Projectors' is both A HOMECOMING AND A REDISCOVERY. Time is a spiral, and this is an astounding, vivid, immersive piece of music -- YOU JUST GOTTA HEAR IT!
Buzzy Lee
Buzzy Lee
Buzzy Lee is the new artist project of Los Angeles performer, writer, and actress Sasha Spielberg. Sasha is a storyteller by nature, and as Buzzy Lee, she demonstrates a rare ability to detail a dark scene in just a few words - the novels within the margins, the stark, vivid characters she portrays. She's also a humorist, a writer and singer capable of depicting poignant scenes awash with sorrow and sarcasm, phrased savagely and delicately, her voice at times plaintive, at other times soaring.

Buzzy Lee's debut EP Facepaint, produced by acclaimed electronic artist and frequent collaborator Nicolas Jaar, is a collection of five songs that began, in true Sasha fashion, as voice notes on an iPhone - vague impressions, fraught with restlessness and self-doubt. If you know Sasha, you know that she is equally hilarious and pensive, disarmingly self-deprecating, as comfortable entertaining as she is prone to ruminating. So, of course the collection of haunting melodies on Facepaint derived from and existed primarily as a collection of random voice notes - wistful indulgences, gentle jealousies, interactions reenacted and reexamined.

Talking about the early sketches that would become the Facepaint EP, Sasha explains, “'New Recording 4091' was the thirty second morsel of a melody that made me realize I had a problem with avoidance. On 'New Recording 2072,' I found my distraction through falling in love. On 'New recording 3176' I had found a distraction through the vortex that is Google search, ending up on WebMD - but I knew I had to finish a song my own. And really finish it - which was maybe more terrifying than my WebMD diagnoses."

This is when Sasha’s longtime friend Nico came in, to accompany her in her distractions, traveling the path of her whimsy, following her fantasies and seeing them through - someone who knows both sides of her; the nostalgist and the comedian, the entertainer and the escapist - Buzzy Lee.

"Nico provided the safe space within our always effervescent friendship and creative relationship," she explains, of her partnership with longtime friend Nicolas Jaar. "I ate sandwiches and cried and laughed and reflected and reverted to childhood and here are the songs that sprung from those two weeks lying on Nico’s living room floor. I hope you enjoy. Here’s to finally titling voice notes."

Since releasing her first single "Coolhand" in February, Buzzy Lee has picked up fans at KCRW, i-D, Gorilla vs Bear, Stereogum, and the LA Times, who reported "with a voice that can gracefully maneuver across octaves, Buzzy Lee fills her measures with dramatic flourish that recalls British singer Kate Bush."
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