Thursday, December 31, 2009


Something new and different for the new year. The Dirty Projectors. This experimental band from Brooklyn has been around since 2002, but this year's Bitte Orca is their first album to really grab me. I'm not alone; the album topped many Best of 2009 lists (including the list in Time, a magazine not famous for rewarding artistic risk-takers). This may be the Projectors' most accessible album yet, but don't think this is easy indie pop--or music from any preexisting genre. This is music you might hear in a dream and forget by morning.

The Dirty Projectors are the brainchild of visionary David Longstreth. He writes the music and guides the band with an angular electric ju ju guitar, mixing Afropop with ethereal folk, post-punk with R and B, big beat with the strange, abstract vocals of Amber Coffman, Angel Deradoorian and Haley Dakle. This isn't for the average listener. These aren't radio friendly dance tunes. This is soulfilling wonderment. Don't believe me, just give them a listen with an open mind. This is something new.

"Knotty Pine"

On this tune, the band trades vocals with Talking Head David Byrne. This comes from a compilation called "Dark is the Ground," which you probably have never heard of. Too bad for you.

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