Magnum Opus. That’s what Swing Lo Magellan is for Dave Longstreth. At one point there’s sweet ballads, at another crunching guitars and somewhere else there’s emotionally intense and operatic pieces - each one a piece of Longstreth’s mind and soul, laid out in musical form. It’s the most sonically stretching record in their catalogue to date. So it’s a feat that it’s simultaneously their most accessible. As a result of the epic scale and diverse ideas, it’s slightly less cohesive as a whole than Bitte Orca and whether it’s quite as good as that is left to be determined. But it’s certainly majestic and ambitious and as close to a pop record as the Dirty Projectors can ever be accused of making.