I have a distinct sensation Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca might be one of the greatest albums ever made by man or beast, or it would be if its sheer brilliance wasn’t – on one level - so daunting. Time and time again Dave Longstreth’s songwriting throws up something madly, wonderfully oblique, something that not another songwriter would have thought of, let along successfully committed to disc; yet it feels kind of hard to love it in direct proportion the actual amount of genius that hums and crackles and pops from its every impossible angle. It is, let's be clear, still pretty lovable.»
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limited double cd set with 5 bonus tracks including two new songs, a lucky dragons remix, and an acappella mix. the follow-up to 2007's critically acclaimed and domino debut 'rise above'. their fifth release is a big rock album by design - it's artful, adventurous and ecstatic avant-garde pop. its idiosyncratic and sincere take on popular music is reminiscent of david byrne with whom dirty projectors collaborated on 'knotty pine' for the 2009 compilation 'dark was the night'. in many ways, group leader david longstreth could be seen as this generation's answer to byrne, a distinctive torchbearer of labyrinthine song arrangements that go down easy. from curtain-raising opener 'cannibal resource' to 'temecula sunrise's metal-jazz spin on sunny '70s rock, and 'useful chamber's minimal electronics, ornate vocal harmonies, and beefheart does graceland instrumentation, 'bitte orca' contains the projectors' best songs to date.
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