With the November 5th release date of their About to Die EP approaching, the Dirty Projectors drop off “While You’re Here,” a surprisingly austere orchestral arrangement that does away with the percussive elements that contributed to Swing Lo Magellan‘s memorability. The song’s starkness may be attributable in part to its purpose as an ode to a fallen friend, as lead singer David Longstreth took to twitter to say:

Hey, here’s a song I wrote on the day of Gerard Smith’s wake in BK 2 summers ago. This song is for him. Miss u Gerry! youtu.be/3C76T_dOIvc

— David Longstreth (@DavidLongstreth) October 23, 2012


The unexpected sound and brief run time make for fitting, uplifting tribute, a hint that the EP might have a few unforeseen tricks worth exploring come 11/5. Check out “While You’re Here” below.


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