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Dirty Projectors-Bitte Orca- Album Review

Contributor:
Earl Ho
Earl Ho

There seems to be an endless stream of talent from New York, from Tv on the radio to Vampire Weekend, Interpol, Yeah yeah yeahs, the list goes on. Bitte Orca is 9th release from Dave Longstreth, the mastermind behind The Dirty Projectors and is an extremely enjoyable listen, that will have you in awe of the art of song-writing.

This album combines odd time signature changes, intricate guitar playing, the most superb 2 part female vocal harmonies all into sunny and uplifting lo-fi pop songs which would sit perfectly in the air waves of a tropical beach while you relax, soaking up the sun with an icy cold beverage by your side, to say the least.

The musicianship is incredible with no cliches what so ever relating to the normal methods of song writing. Longstreth has really glorified songwriting as an art form with flawless arrangements and a really interesting use of back up vocals from his duo of female back up vocalists, Amber Coffman and Angel Deradoorian. These two harmonize pitch perfect in amazingly complicated vocal arrangements, you'd think they were performed by robots. The back up vocals often take central roles in the instrumentation, perfectly exemplified in "Useful Chamber", where the form of back up vocals is taken to another dimension. All over the album these two vocalists are formidable at what they do and i can not give them enough praise for their contribution.

Longstreth's voice hovers through the music with fluctuating melodies and often you find yourself lost within the song, trying to grasp onto the limited structure, however, every second the song goes ahead you find yourself intrigued what's meeting your ears. In "Stillness is the move" Longstreth's vocals are rested and Amber Croffman takes up the lead vocals doing an impressive job with a song that relies heavily on the melody that it could almost be an accapella performance, if not for a simple little guitar riff. "Two Doves" follows with the other half of the female duo  Angel slipping into the lead vocal role. Angel's song is rather the opposite of Amber's where the song is driven by lovely finger picked guitar and beautifully orchestrated string section, providing a perfect palette for her to execute a pretty and delicate vocal performance.

This album is lo-fi taken to a new level where although it sounds as though it could have been recorded in an shabby little apartment some where in Brooklyn, the detail, and pure intricacy that the songs convey could set fire to any highly produced pop song, then take it's ashes, place it into an urn and throw it into some magma.

9/10

 

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