On November 20th, Dirty Projectors will conclude the cycle of EPs they first commenced in February 2020 with Ring Road, the fifth and final EP installment. In tandem, all songs from this chapter will be released as a full 20-song anthology titled 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.
Watch the lyric video for "Searching Spirit," directed by Noel Paul: https://smarturl.it/SearchingSpiritYT
Throughout the 5EPs cycle, Dirty Projectors have appeared on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, NPR's Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts, NPR Weekend Edition, Adult Swim's Fishcenter and more. They also released a stunning animated short film alongside Earth Crisis, premiered via Adult Swim and produced by Encyclopedia Pictura - watch it here.
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.