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Bitte Orca is Dirty Projectors' first album for Domino Records. Dirty Projectors are often described as an experimental indie-duo and such a description matches 'Bitte Orca' perfectly. I'm not familiar with Dirty Projectors previous releases - their debut LP was released back in 2002 - but i'd find it hard to believe they are as good as this particular blend of superb dynamics, percussion, melody and harmony. It's kind of a cross between Flaming Lips, Brian Wilson and Velvet Underground of 'White Light/White Heat' but trying to describe this frequently varied and surprising LP is a bit like trying to describe anything good that George Bush ever did for the world. Ooh, little bit of politics there. Sorry, won't do it again. I mean, some of the tracks are prog-punk, a new genre if ever there was one. Oh, I know we have prog-metal but prog-punk is a new one on me. A sound of disparate, badly played instruments combined with sections of noise and sequences pushing the boundaries of what a song can be. What a song can be, isn't that was prog was all about? The amateurishness reminds of punk but then again, it really isn't that simple. You suspect this isn't a bunch of badly played instruments, but much like the career of Captain Beefheart - another musical totem-pole seemingly hinted at during 'Bitte Orca' - is a selection of instruments absolutely designed and planned to sound this way, as if to sound any other way would be sheer folly.
this page last updated 29/9/09
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