• Nat Baldwin

Nat Baldwin is only the bass player in Dirty Projectors, but to judge by his latest solo recording, People Changes (Western Vinyl), the band’s twisted aesthetic owes a lot to him. Most of the album is just Baldwin bowing his double bass (using tricky harmonics, thick double stops, and upper-register dissonance) and singing wriggly pop melodies in his quavery, almost uncontainable voice—which makes him sound more than a little like David Longstreth of DPs. Baldwin has a serious jazz pedigree, including studies with Anthony Braxton at Wesleyan, but his chops never distract from the songs, no matter outre they get—several times on “Lifted,” for instance, a free-jazz combo arrives out of the blue and vanishes just as quickly.