It used to be that a band hadn’t really announced themselves until they’d attempted to make a musical companion film, in which their songs were used as the premise for a theatrical narrative. (Think Prince’s Purple Rain, or the Who’s Tommy, though a golf clap will be awarded to anyone who mentions Insane Clown Posse’s Big Money Rustlas.) Dirty Projectors will enter similar territory by releasing Hi Custodian, a short film written and directed by bandleader Dave Longstreth that will be built around music from their newest album, Swing Lo Magellan. I won’t try to discern some kind of a plot from the trailer; Pitchfork notes that the band members play “a variety of characters in a surreal narrative about spiritual death and rebirth,” which take as you will. At any rate, the music sounds captivating and the photography is gorgeous. I imagine it’ll make more sense when Swing Lo Magellan actually comes out, though you can now stream the album via the New York Times. A release date wasn’t mentioned, but look for it later this summer.