By Evan Minsker.
Amber Coffman is gearing up to release City of No Reply, her first solo album, and recently shared the single “All to Myself.” The new music came around the same time as Dave Longstreth’s new Dirty Projectors music, which did not feature Coffman. Songs from Dirty Projectors seemed to reference Longstreth and Coffman’s breakup. Now, Coffman has shared a statement detailing her departure from Dirty Projectors. Find it below. She confirms that she broke up with Longstreth in 2012, says that a rekindled friendship led to the two collaborating on her new album, reveals that their friendship then took “an unfortunate downturn,” and says that she learned about the new Dirty Projectors music last September (which is when Longstreth publicly shared “Keep Your Name”).
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.
This story originally appeared on Pitchfork.
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