What constitutes as good music? Is it the harmonies of the singer? The soft and pleasant melodies of a acoustic or electric guitar? The smooth bas or rhythmic hypnotic drums? Why are certain accords in sequence so poplar that almost all modern pop music uses them? Why are we so set in our music that we often repeat melodies in many songs, when there are practically endless melodies and new songs just waiting to be written? Why do I like David Longstreth’s uncertain and almost broken voice when there are more technically gifted singers? Why do I listen to badly produced indie singer/songwriters, when I in all other cases hate and despise pop-ish music? Maybe I’m just a hipster and I always try my hardest to search the web for the most obscure and bad music I can find, even if they are a boring set of people with access of a guitar and a tape recorder…
I’m not trying to answer any of these questions and while I don’t particularly like being seen as a “hipster”, I do not blame you if you think so (I do have some sense of self-awareness you know.). My personal compass for what I like in music is very much guided by what I find artistically interesting and if I perceive the band/artist as “honest” and “true” to the feeling and meaning of what they are creating.
Oh, I forgot this is a site where I review music…
David Longstreth is an american musician and the creator of the somewhat popular band Dirty Projectors. They are most known for soft rock with a quite different approach and a melancholic sound, and David Longstreth’s unique vocal style. As the band grew they started incorporating more orchestral elements and they always kept their unconventional song structuring. But the most unique thing about them is probably David Longstreth himself, his voice is akin to Charlie Looker, who also has been a member of Dirty Projectors, just not as polished, and heavy on melisma.
The Graceful Fallen Mango is David Longstreth’s first album, and also Dirty Projectors fist album, even though he doesn’t use the band name on the album. The Graceful Fallen Mango was recorded in Dave’s brothers basement on a 4-track machine with a computer. David plays everything on the album, except for some back-up vocals. It’s a collection of acoustic rock song, with some more experimental tracks. It’s overall a pretty soft and pleasant album, accentuated by it’s low production value. The most outstanding songs are Easily Resigned, Lay Down Your Restless Legs, Constellation That’s Mine and She Turns to Ash.
If you are in the mood for some soft and nice rock, and not afraid to listen to something more socially-acceptable, this is a good album. Also check out his other albums some something more experimental and wierd music, I recomend The Getty Adress and New Attitude EP.
I. Spring is Here
II. Follow Me Not If You Still Care
III. Easily Resigned
IIII. I Don’t Know
V. Lay Down Your Restless Legs
VI. Constellation That’s Mine
VII. Time For Bed
VIII. She Turns to Ash
VIIII. What If I
X. The Graceful-Fallen Mango
XI. Maggie and Me
XII. Everything Will Happen
XIII. We Are Striving
XIIII. Yield, Be Held (Aloft)
XV. At the End of the Day