Release date: July 2012
Swing Lo Magellan is the sixth studio album by American experimental rock group Dirty Projectors, released on July 10, 2012 in the United States and July 9, 2012 internationally through Domino Records. The album peaked at number 22 on the US Billboard 200.
The album was written, recorded, produced and mixed by Dirty Projectors frontman Dave Longstreth in Delaware County, New York. Swing Lo Magellan recording sessions spanned a year and resulted in around 40 demos. The album was recorded without keyboardist/vocalist Angel Deradoorian, who was on hiatus, and with a new drummer, Mike Johnson.
Longstreth wanted Swing Lo Magellan to be a collection of individual songs instead of an album united by a single theme, unlike previous albums. In addition, Longstreth sought to write more personal songs.