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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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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

498 Ratings

diamond in the rough

the digital sea,

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 :)

Avant-garde Pop baked to perfection

Jon17,

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?

About Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors are the creation 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 equally unique approach to arrangements and both lo-fi and hi-fi production. As he continued to record, Longstreth played shows with contemporaries like the Microphones, Bobby Birdman, and [[[[VVRSSNN]]]] (aka Yume Bitsu's Adam Forkner). Forkner helped record his next album, The Glad Fact, which was the first to bear the Dirty Projectors name and arrived on Western Vinyl in fall 2003.

This was followed quickly by Morning Better Last!, an album culled from three triple albums he recorded in 2001 and 2002; it was an Internet-only release on States Rights. Slaves' Graves & Ballads, which Longstreth described as "a song-journey for me singing with a ten-piece chamber group called the Orchestral Society for the Preservation of the Orchestra," arrived in early 2004 as a split release on Western Vinyl and Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records. The 2005 album The Getty Address was a Don Henley-themed concept album that was followed a year later by the New Attitude EP. Rise Above from 2007 reinterpreted songs from Black Flag's classic hardcore punk album Damaged, and then Bitte Orca appeared in 2009 with some of the band's most accessible songs to date. In 2010 the group collaborated with Björk on Mount Wittenberg Orca, an EP that benefitted the National Geographic Society Oceans Project; it was available only digitally for a year, then received a physical release on CD and vinyl in 2011. Their next proper full-length, Swing Lo Magellan, arrived in in the summer of 2012. After breaking up with his romantic partner and frequent collaborator Amber Coffman, Longstreth found himself writing songs that dealt with personal issues in a way he had not approached in the past. The songs formed the core of Dirty Projectors' self-titled ninth album, released in February 2017. ~ Heather Phares

  • ORIGIN
    Brooklyn, NY
  • FORMED
    2002

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