Dirty Projectors
Bitte Orca


4.5
superb

Review

by Ryan Flatley EMERITUS
June 8th, 2009 | 159 replies | 24,982 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bitte Orca is an unorthodox listen; racking your brain and melting your heart all in the same instant, and that is something to appreciate

Attempting to describe Dirty Projectors in one swift adjective or genre can be rather difficult. Their sound is sophisticated, as displayed on latest album, Rise Above, which rubbed off gritty and frantic at times in their homage to Black Flag’s Damage. With Bitte Orca, we find Dirty Projectors as a reborn band, invigorated with pop sensibilities without removing the experimental indie-rock prowess that they are known for.

To some, their songs may appear as a clusterfuck or rather an amateur attempt at writing a song, but the intention of changing time signatures and off-rhythm beats are all-so-delicately strung together. With thumping bass lines never extending more than a few notes, slews of harmonies and intricate guitar are the reason why we so attentively listen. Whether the female or male members are cheerfully signing along, each member brings a unique voice. The conductor, per say, Dave Longstreth, always has an answer to each hook, even if it falls short of the glorious work with David Byrne on Dark Was The Night. “The Bride” is molded and worked with a killer guitar riff that accentuates the folklore atmosphere. And when Dirty Projectors aren’t completely working out of the box, they write a stunning track, “Two Doves,” an acoustical guitar and string section based song that is tearful-good with Angel Deradoorian’s voice mesmerizing listeners. Essentially it is a song that is gracious and ever so joyous, working with so little, but a voice is all that is needed.

Meanwhile, “Useful Chamber” resonates with this Casio electronic-folk beat, until the eventual, unexpected chorus shouting ‘bitte orca, orca bitte’ for the few moments of spastic rock, until hymns lead the wandering track to another powerful chorus. Beyond that, the layering is phenomenal, whether multiple guitars or harmonies, like in “Temecula” and “Remade Horizon” respectively. It becomes the time where you may not know what the fuck is going on musically, but the vocals sidetrack your attention or vice-versa. With that, it is certainly something to love about their songs and Bitte Orca, as any given listen fascinating, from the initial reverb guitar riff in “Cannibal Resource” or the fitting ambience ending “Florescent Half Dome.”

Bitte Orca is an unorthodox listen; racking your brain and melting your heart all in the same instant, and that is something to appreciate. And while it may be experimental, it never reaches a point of ridiculousness, but is rather contained and well-adjusted. Past some questionable transitions and ‘album’ feel, Bitte Orca is one of the finest alternative/indie albums released this calendar year, do not miss your chance to enjoy such a curious journey.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
StreetlightRock
Emeritus
June 8th 2009


3767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review. album rules. I thought nick was doing this?


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IsItLuck?
Emeritus
June 8th 2009


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

not that I know of, I had this dibbed the whole time

AggravatedYeti
June 9th 2009


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

amazing album and great review as usual.

joshuatree
Emeritus
June 9th 2009


3742 Comments


i need to give this another listen

essplode
June 9th 2009


92 Comments


curiously listenable, dirty projectors bring the funk

NortherlyNanook
June 9th 2009


1285 Comments


still haven't listened to this yet, and i don't know why

AlKal
June 9th 2009


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This is such a sweet album. It has become the soundtrack to my train rides home.

gaslightanthem
June 9th 2009


5209 Comments


i like this but there's something about it that irks me and idk what

joshuatree
Emeritus
June 9th 2009


3742 Comments


ugh i like this more

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
June 9th 2009


3767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There is nothing to ugh about, boy.

joshuatree
Emeritus
June 9th 2009


3742 Comments


it's just that i hated it so much upon first listen

but it's really growing on me

kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 9th 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

it is a wonderful rock and roll record.

thebhoy
Emeritus
June 9th 2009


4459 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, this rules.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
June 9th 2009


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album rules.

Lions
June 9th 2009


1015 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sounds bitchin', will get.

Tulannical
June 9th 2009


2051 Comments


i listened to stillness is the move and it annoyed me :/

tarethere
June 9th 2009


184 Comments


i love 2009

gasmaskman
June 9th 2009


1006 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album is awesome.

joshuatree
Emeritus
June 10th 2009


3742 Comments


ugh i really like this

mvdu
June 10th 2009


605 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like.. the ending third falters a bit, though. Will rate after a second listen.



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