Dirty Projectors return with new single “Overlord.” Tongue-in-cheek ode to surveillance capitalism? Critique of our primal confusion of charisma for actual leadership? Cautionary tale about blind faith in technology? Anti-fascist manifesto? Who knows, but “Overlord” feels like a “Both Sides Now” for our brave new Amazon Prime world. The lyrics are belied by a rootsy, organic arrangement – capo’ed acoustics, upright bass, congas, drum kit, & three-part harmony – that must be Dirty Projectors’ loosest and warmest production since 2012’s “Swing Lo Magellan”.
“Overlord” is also the first Dirty Projectors song to feature the new lineup that lead Projector Dave Longstreth put together around the “Lamp Lit Prose” touring in 2018/19. Guitarist Maia Friedman handles lead vocals and co-wrote the lyrics with Dave, who wrote and produced the music. Felicia Douglass and Kristin Slipp contribute additional vocals. Nat Baldwin plays upright bass; Mike Johnson is behind the kit. Mauro Refosco plays congas.