Dirty Projectors have completed their 2020 cycle of five EPs. The beloved band originally started in February. Today, they finish it with with Ring Road. On November 20, all songs from this chapter will be released as a full 20-song anthology entitled 5EPs.
Until now, each previous EP showcased the voice of a different band member, backed by stylistically-shifting suites of music produced by Dave Longstreth: the existential folk of Windows Open sung by Maia Friedman, Felicia Douglass’s future soul on Flight Tower, Longstreth’s endless melody on Super João, and the recomposed orchestral glitch of Earth Crisis with Kristin Slipp.
Ring Road presents Dirty Projectors’ dynamic, full-band sound, weaving the emotional and sonic threads of the previous four EPs into a whole with dual guitars, vocal interplay, and ear-catching refrains. Friedman, Douglass, Slipp and Longstreth trade verses and harmonies; drummer Mike Johnson drives propulsive arrangements.
5EPs will be available as a standard black double LP, with a clear version exclusive to indie stores, as well as a CD, and a deluxe box set of five 12″ colored vinyl. Pre-order 5EPs on LP and CD here, and pre-order the limited edition, foiled and numbered box set here.