Watch the video for new song 'Little Bubble'
5th January 2017
The new Dirty Projectors song ‘Little Bubble’ is Quiet Storm for a climatically unstable future. A gorgeous song about love and loss, it gives us one of David Longstreth’s most guileless and beautiful melodies yet.
Social bubbles; cultural and technological bubbles; the bubbles we create and inhabit in our most intimate relationships: ‘Little Bubble’ is a very timely exploration of the double-edged sword of comfort and insularity, and the trade-offs we make choosing them.
The lush production — Rhodes electric piano, acoustic guitar, string quartet & trombone trio, and huge, intricate drums — reminds us of Longstreth’s work on Solange’s A Seat At The Table. The production simultaneously looks backward — to Ellington as much to Stevie Wonder — and forward, to a digital singularity in which audio is just another form of data to be glitched, hacked and manipulated.
The video explores the metaphor of Earth itself as a fragile bubble of life in a cold, dead universe. Building on the visual language of Dirty Projectors’ 2012 short film Hi Custodian, it was directed by Longstreth and longtime collaborator Adam Newport-Berra.
After the devastatingly damaged soul of ‘Keep Your Name,’ here is ‘Little Bubble’ — the second song from the hotly anticipated, possibly forthcoming but yet-unannounced next Dirty Projectors work