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Bitte Orca

Dirty Projectors

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Their seventh album, Bitte Orca is the most accessible, cohesive, and, yes, musical effort in the Dirty Projectors’ oeuvre to date. One big reason is the bold musical vision of DP brainchild Dave Longstreth, who sets out to carve a new “pop” niche, putting aside his affinity for conceptual interpretations and statements, a staple of past outings. Opening track “Cannibal Resource” has the feel of a mini-pop opera, with breezy (yet slightly warped) layers of background vocals, handclaps and summery guitars, Longstreth’s vocal tones and playful phrasing recalling that of Squeeze’s Glenn Tilbrook. That’s where pop purity stops. Bitte Orca is a collage of art rock guitar shards, spare beats, twittering keyboards and acoustic guitar, and woozy vocal harmonies between Amber Coffman (guitar) and Angel Deradoorian (also a solo artist, she plays various instruments). Coffman’s alluring, R&B groove on “Stillness Is the Move” is a huge surprise, and Deradoorian’s dusky tone on the classically tinged folk track, “Two Doves,” is sheer beauty. Bitte Orca is a clever blend of an inarguably skewed pop sensibility, jazzy playfulness, and contemporary electro-beats, and almost defies category.

Customer Reviews

fresh, promising

This album explores some new territory in progressive music, I find it incredibly innovative and well put. I don't think it will be appreciated by the masses, although it deserves some attention for the steps it's taking.

Best album purchase ever!

Buying this album was truly the best decision I ever made. So far I must have listened to it about 60 times. I strongly suggest it to anyone with discriminate taste.

Not accessible to everyone

This album requires multiple listens to appreciate. The melodies are not easy to get to everyone. Listen to the samples before buying just in case. You can hear the quality of the music and all the textures, but still, you need a musical ear.


Formed: 2002 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Dirty Projectors are the project of Dave Longstreth, a former Yale student who left college to become one of the most prolific and unique indie singer/songwriters of the early 2000s. In early 2002 Longstreth released his first album, The Graceful Fallen Mango, under his own name on the This Heart Plays Records imprint. Largely recorded on four-track with the help of friends in like-minded projects such as Wolf Colonel and Dear Nora, the album introduced Longstreth's distinctive crooning voice and...
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