Ultimately, this album is a stepping stone, but if Paul can align her virtuosity with her vision, then her third album will triumph.
The composition on Titanic Rising rivals even the most ambitious and cerebral of today’s songwriters, but in a way that never seems impressive for the sake of being impressive.
"I've always loved London, I guess it has created my sound in a way."
Pratt's third album is that rare thing, where the music is so preternatural that it's almost impossible to understand how the musician got there.
"From her run of singles, it's clear that KP has an intuition for the catchy, hooky, and the popular. So, it's only a matter of time before the world treats her like the Patron Saint of Gay."
"I have always gone where other people don't. It's not to shock you, it’s just who I am."
It's best listened to when the air is cooling, with a blanket wrapped around you on a deserted beach as each guitar pedal takes on a personality of its own.
"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.
Samantha Urbani's debut EP is laced with gross 1980s excess - but is that a good thing?