Since forming in Brooklyn in 2002, Dirty Projectors have had a lot of musicians pass through the ranks. Over fifty players have been members of the band at one time or another, including Rostam Batmanglij and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend. In 2017, with the release of the eighth full-length album Dirty Projectors, frontman, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist David Longstreth is the only official band member. Vocalist and guitarist Amber Coffman is one of the more recent musicians to leave the band, and it was her departure that provides the inspiration for Longstreth's new songs. The two had been in a long-term relationship, and Dirty Projectors is a breakup record that's pleasing to the ear.