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Editors’ Notes

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

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 :)

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?

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.


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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