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The Men got a shade gentler this year, as best evidenced by this alt-country ballad. About feeling comfy in artistic rootlessness, it nears the sad, strummy feeling of the Stones’ “Dead Flowers.”
Acknowledging the generally true consensus that Swing Lo Magellan is Dirty Projectors’ most easily accessible album to date doesn’t do a great job to prepare you for the still unusual twists and turns of their best songs. Take this one, which starts out emotionally lost and gently macabre before ending up weirdly warm.
We're not sure what it says about us that one of our favorite musical moments of the year was The Babies' Kevin Morby, sounding surprisingly like Britt Daniel, rattle off, "I like your hair/How do ya do it?" but there it is.
With Animal Collective abandoning Kings County for sunnier, cheaper, and/or European cities, we turn to Tanlines to fulfill in-house tribal-pop euphoria.