9 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After spinning heads with Rise Above, an album that reimagined Black Flag’s Damaged purely from memory, Dirty Projectors drove home everything that made them special with Bitte Orca, sweetening their tense, knotty tunes with a sinuous, almost-R&B feel. Amber Coffman and Angel Deradoorian’s spectacular backing vocals are pushed to the fore, taking the lead to great effect on “Stillness Is the Move,” with Dave Longstreth’s meticulous arrangements now serving his most direct and unselfconsciously lovely songs to date.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After spinning heads with Rise Above, an album that reimagined Black Flag’s Damaged purely from memory, Dirty Projectors drove home everything that made them special with Bitte Orca, sweetening their tense, knotty tunes with a sinuous, almost-R&B feel. Amber Coffman and Angel Deradoorian’s spectacular backing vocals are pushed to the fore, taking the lead to great effect on “Stillness Is the Move,” with Dave Longstreth’s meticulous arrangements now serving his most direct and unselfconsciously lovely songs to date.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
498 Ratings
498 Ratings
the digital sea ,

diamond in the rough

i went to the local record store this morning to pick up dinosaur jr. and sonic youth's new albums. that's all i went to get. went i reached for The Eternal i saw something funny looking at the very bottom shelf touching the ground. Bitte Orca it said and it had a really cool cover. it reminded me of something my gf would draw or enjoy. having no clue what it was i felt compelled to buy it. i mulled it over, not knowing who the band was or what it would even sounds like. i said screw it and threw down another 11 bucks for this intriguing hard copy. when i got home i popped it in first, instead of my beloved indie rock heroes SY or Dino. the insant the first song Cannibal Resource started, my mind expanded and contracted, trying to understand what i was hearing. this, fellow humans is an uplifting unique blessing in the form of music. R&B/ Folk/ Rock/ Electronica/??? at its finest. i am fully in love with this record and will continue to loop it for the rest of the day. haven't even touched the other two. i just want to hear the Dirty Projectors. so for those of you who stumbled upon this like i did, check it out. try it you might love it :)

Jon17 ,

Avant-garde Pop baked to perfection

Put aside your thoughts on Dave Longstreth and put aside the hype coming from Pitchfork and Stereogum, and listen to this album on it's own terms. If you do, you will hear what is unquestionably one of the most brilliant albums of the past decade. Bitte Orca is Dirty Projectors' most accessible album to date, but still maintains the savant-like musical innovation that keeps them apart from every other indie pop band. The album takes a modern pop sound and applies it ways in which you've never heard. It's an album of contradictions: accessible yet jarring, melodic yet discordant, catchy yet challenging, unlike anything you've ever heard yet slightly familiar. Maybe it's unfair to compare, but could this be the Pet Sounds of our time?

Yanabanana922 ,

Not For Me

I am one of those people that understands and loves the idea of a unique new band with an unheard of new sound. This is NOT such a band. At its core, an album, no matter how unique it claims to be, must be at least somewhat pleasant to listen to. Sure, you may have to adjust your ears and your mindset at times, but you should feel good about listening to it. Bitte Orca is actually unpleasant. Its tempo changes and disjointed songs may be intentionally put together, but I personally don't see why a 4 year old couldn't pick 5 different beats and put them all together to form one song. I'm saying that no matter how "intentional" an album is, if it sounds like it could be put together by accident, it's not a brilliant masterpiece.

I see all these reviews with people raving about Bitte Orca, so I am sure there must be something to it that I don't quite get. But if you're out there, and if you feel out of touch with everyone else who adores this album, then know that there are others like you. It's like walking into a modern art museum and seeing a big white background with a slightly off center red splotch on it. People claim it to be groundbreaking art, but you just don't see it. Unfortunately that's how I feel about Bitte Orca.

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