Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca

Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca

Dirty Projectors is the project of Dave Longstreth, which is a new name on my radar and it seems as though I have been missing out on more than I thought after looking into it. Longstreth was a student at Yale University and left the Ivy league world to pursue a career in music excelling in all aspects from singing\songwriting to composing. His vocals stand out over the music in a very welcome fashion. He has a playfully, light-hearted angst in his voice. This may be a weird comparison but he sounds a lot like the guy from Maroon 5, if he knew how to use his voice and was working with a good band. I also pick up a little hint of Antony Hegarty from Antony & The Johnsons. The instrumentation is very well composed and thought out as well. Nothing feels repetitious or mundane. During vocal breaks and instrumental fills you are treated to well thought out play. Overall I think Dirty Projectors are going to be one of my favorite bands to keep an eye out for and ear to the grindstone for anything new. Bitte Orca is a fun and soothing album. The albums lead single is “Stillness is the Move” which I think is an amazing song but an interesting choice for the lead single. It features Amber Coffman working the lead vocals almost misleads it’s audience into expecting a band featuring a female vocalist, then given Longstreth for the heavy majority of the album. But then again there isn’t another song that feels like it could achieve radio play.

Dirty Projectors – Stillness is the Move

Dirty Projectors – No Intention

Dirty Projectors – Temecula Sunrise


~ by Dar Man Hat Tan on June 11, 2009.

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