Amber Coffman Flirts With Electro Doo-Wop on ‘All to Myself’
At the 11th hour, the Dirty Projectors appear to be preparing for a busy 2016, first with their first new song in four years — the pitch-warped soul ballad "Keep Your Name," hinting at more to come — and today the official announcement of longtime member Amber Coffman's long-brewing solo debut album City of No Reply. Here's a gorgeous taste of it: "All to Myself."
As with the DPs' new song, Coffman traffics in intricately layered harmonies and inventive vocal processing, which combine to form some sort of uncanny valley doo-wop, like a stripped-down version of her band's usual arresting clutter. The song's video matches the electronically-treated soul with the singer's stark, bright-eyed visage against a moonlit beach. Since she appears to be absent from "Keep Your Name," it's going to be interesting to see what Coffman does on her own album versus the group effort — or if it's even still a group effort. Two promising albums are better than one either way.
Amber Coffman's City of No Reply will be released via Columbia, but there's no projected street date as of yet.