Album Review: Bitte Orca

This week (and probably the next few) will be spent in absolute admiration for Bitte Orca – the latest album from the Dirty Projectors. The Brooklyn six piece has carefully crafted nine of the most boldest and independent tracks.


Photo: Sarah Cass

Amidst the ornate guitar work and falsettos of David Longstreth and the vocal layerings by Amber Coffman and Angel Deradoorian, there is a clear concept no doubt present in Bitte Orca. Opening with “Cannibal Resource” (and the for following two songs) Longstreth’s melodies are prominent – intricate arrangements of luscious riffs accompanied with melancholy. “Stillness is the Move” and “Two Doves” is a delightful contrast with Coffman’s and Deradoorian’s vocals taking precedent and for a moment during “Stillness …” the harmonies transform to bare similar vocal syncopations as used in R&B. “Useful Chamber” opens with an electro beat (see Ratatat) and by now, you’d be thinking Bitte Orca has pushed abstract expression too far. Feeling stylistically separate it may be too ambitious but The Dirty Projectors are driven. “No Intentions” draws you right back into their beautiful domain of folk-pop. Bitte Orca may prove to be an interesting listen for most but in its abstraction, there is beauty and it is endless. Delivered with such strong conviction, its almost good enough to be my album of the year. Mr. Longstreth et al., thank you. Bitte Orca is wonderful.

From Bitte Orca (Domino):
[MP3] Dirty Projectors – Stillness is the Move

Bitte Orca is released June 9.

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