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20 Watts’ Best of 2009: #5 Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca by tjwell01
December 29, 2009, 2:06 pm
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Dirty Projectors' Bitte Orca is #5 on our Best of 2009 list!

PREVIEW: VISIT Dirty Projectors’ MySpace.
TOP TRACK: “Stillness Is the Move”

The thing I love most about Bitte Orca is that it’s so blantantly different and it doesn’t give a damn. How many bands can incorporate an acapella and still jam like they’re ambassadors of indie rock? Not many, and it’s this album that launched Dirty Projectors to stardom.

The strength of the album is its delicate details, like long-hanging vocal notes and the thin, twangy guitar chords like in “Stillness Is the Move.”  Not until the multiple listens does one appreciate these intricate details — it’s the kind of music you’re forced to study and slowly digest. Listening to Amber Coffman and Angel Deradoorian sing in harmony is sexy as hell.

Another great thing about this album is its body of work — there’s not a bad song on the entire album. Songs like “Cannibal Resource” keep the pace, and add funky rhythm. The flow of the album stays constant; not too fast or two slow, while still keeping an upbeat mood and a somewhat sassy flavor.

It’s not even fair to compare Bitte Orca to other indie rock or pop albums, because Dirty Projectors are in a league of their own. It’s not even about quality, it’s the style they approached with and how they excecuted it so masterfully. Few albums can play so gently in your ears and still make you want to dance so savagely.

— Jett Wells


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