Dirty Projectors' Nat Baldwin Unveils 'In the Hollows,' Shares New Track

Dirty Projectors' Nat Baldwin Unveils 'In the Hollows,' Shares New Track

After having issued his Dome Branches demos set last fall, Dirty Projectors bassist Nat Baldwin is now ready to reveal his first proper solo LP in three years. Dubbed In the Hollows, Western Vinyl will have the set in stores April 29.

In the Hollows follows 2011's People Changes and began to take shape while Baldwin was training for a marathon in Maine, leading him to work out in the mornings and work on music in the evenings. After hitting Pawtucket, RI studio Machines Wwth Magnets to lay down the tracks, Baldwin roped in Otto Hauser to add drums and percussion, as well as Rob Moose and Clarice Jensen to provide string arrangements.

A press release describes the nine-song effort as Baldwin's "most soulful and ambitious collection of songs to date," and according to the four-stringer, it's a more concise offering than his previous solo platters.

"I wanted to achieve a consistency throughout that my past albums have lacked," Baldwin said in a statement. "I wanted the strings to add to the mournful quality of the songs, weaving their way through the sonic terrain, providing emotional emphasis, but also leaving necessary amounts of space."

Sonically, Baldwin said the album is inspired by the likes of Nick Drake, Bill Callahan, Joanna Newsom, while the lyrics on the record blend autobiography with fiction. Topics covered are said to include "boxing, drowning, bodybuilding, target practice, will power, Steve Prefontaine, competition, separation, isolation, devastation, manipulation, conflagration, intoxication, and suicide."

Along with the tracklisting and some U.S. tour info, you can check out the stirring title track, initially driven by staccato string stabs and Baldwin's falsetto before fleshing itself out into a full-band arrangement, down below.

In the Hollows:

1. Wasted
2. Knockout
3. Half My Life
4. In The Hollows
5. The End of Night
6. Cosmos Pose
7. Sharpshooter
8. Bored To Death
9. A Good Day To Die

Tour dates:

03/14 Biddeford, ME - The Oak and the Ax

03/15 Bar Harbor, ME - Lompoc Café

04/04 Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival

04/30 Kittery, ME - BUOY

05/01 Pawtucket, RI - Machines With Magnets

05/02 Portland, ME - Space

05/03 Winooski, VT - Winooski United Methodist Church

05/28 Lancaster, OH - Rockmill Brewery Tasting Room

05/29 Chicago, IL - Constellation

05/30 Champaign, IL - Mike 'n' Molly's

05/31 Bloomington, IN - Rootcellar Lounge

06/01 Louisville, KY - Dreamland

06/02 Cincinnati, OH - The Ice Cream Factory

06/04 Brooklyn, NY - Baby's All Right

06/06 New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine

06/07 Hudson, NY - The Spotty Dog Books & Ale

06/08 Peterborough, NH - The Thing In The Spring