Of the revolving palette of colors used in the video for “Gun Has No Trigger”, Dave Longstreth says that they “are the colors I think of when I hear the harmonies of Amber and Haley”. Certainly if there were a band whose light-drenched aural soundscapes could be transposed to the kaleiscopic realm of the imaged, it’s Dirty Projectors. Returning after 2010’s conceptual Bjork collaboration Mount Wittenberg Orca (and the departure of bandmate Angel Deradoorian), “Gun Has No Trigger” is the lead single from upcoming record Swing Lo Magellan, and also sees Longstreth making his directorial debut.
Moving from Mount Wittenberg’s dialogue on the majesty of nature, “Gun Has No Trigger” turns instead to the trappings of an increasingly technological world; a slight urgency building behind Longstreth’s melancholic voice that, coupled with the almost shrill harmonies woven around him by bandmates Amber Coffman and Haley Dekle, deftly reconstructs the sense of forboding and claustrophobia that Longstreth is thematically concerned with here (“But now the gate comes down / The pangs are growing dimmer / You hold a gun to your head / But the gun has no trigger”).
The video’s concept too toys with these ideas, mimicking the format of the atypical social media profile portrait, while the color profile is reminiscent of the dynamic technicolor of early iPod commercials.
Swing Lo Magellan is out July 10 on Domino Records.