"The whole album rallies the desperation of growing old against the aspiration of youth."
A true fusion of love and collectivity was the band's real draw. Now, it's quite apparent that Dirty Projectors is not much more than a single avatar pretending to be otherwise.
The sound is maximised, the mythology more ambitious and it's their most cohesive work yet.
But despite the doom there's hardly a moment among these 11 songs that isn't danceable, that doesn't energise us and inspire us to defeat this generation's great monster.
"Being on tour in the two months following the election...I think just made me feel differently about our country."
Listening to Vessel is like being invited into your coolest friend's bedroom to hear them riff.
Cusp is exactly the kind of album you'd hope to hear two months into a new year.
Kelela takes from the rich and gives R&B back its gusto.