Ahead of the release of her upcoming solo album ‘City of No Reply’, Amber Coffman has shared a statement about her departure from Dirty Projectors and her breakup with frontman David Longstreth. The statement arrives in the wake of the release of the self-titled Dirty Projectors album, without Coffman, which she says she only learned about in September (when Longstreth publicly shared ‘Keep Your Name’). Longstreth has referred to the album as a break-up record.
Coffman explains that leaving Dirty Projectors was “a loss”, but it was “the only healthy choice.” She confirms that even though she and Longstreth did break up after a six-year relationship in 2012, a rekindled friendship led to them collaborating on her debut solo album, which Longstreth helped write and produce. However, she admits that “things took an unfortunate downturn” after they completed the album. Previously, Longstreth had also stated in an interview with Vulture that they’ve been “on better on better terms”, but that she’s still a “dear friend” and “brilliant musician”.
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A release date for ‘City of No Reply’ has yet to be announced, but Coffman recently shared the single ‘All to Myself’.
Read the full statement below:
“Dave and I indeed broke up in the summer of 2012, after a 6 year relationship. After a long tumultuous period, we managed to patch things up enough to leave the future open, and in 2014 we gave working together on my music a test run. Eventually I brought him on in a greater capacity as a producer, he moved to LA and we recorded my album at his newly built studio in 2015. All went considerably well, but things took an unfortunate downturn around the completion of my record, at which time we stopped speaking.
It was never my intention or wish to leave the band or end my friendship with Dave. It was a surprise to me to learn last September about his album plans, the content, timing, use of the band name, etc… I consider it a loss to no longer be involved with Dirty Projectors, but ultimately walking away was the only healthy choice for me.
I’m really proud of the album I made and my hope is that people will listen to it on its own terms. I’ve waited a long time to share it and I’m looking forward to it.”