If you fancy either The Dirty Projectors or Bjork, I suggest giving this a listen, because it is absolutely fantastic. It can be seen as a progression of sorts of the 'Bitte Orca' sound, however Bjork's vocals just drive it home and evoke one hell of a double-take from the likes of yours truly. The girls from the Dirty Projectors certainly hold their own here, intertwining their harmonies with such accuracy to perhaps be mistaken for something besides vocals entirely. I'm so in love with the way they really treat their voices like instruments, and its not just the girls; David Longstreth (although I may disagree with certain off-handed statements he's made about Frank Zappa)has a truly distinctive voice of his own. I frequently attempt to mimic his half-abrasive-half-sublime tones as I listen, and, of course, fall completely short. Longstreth's finger-work on guitar is something to be admired as well. Try 'Temecula Sunrise' off DP's Bitte Orca album to see this properly showcased. Mount Wittenberg Orca is focused mainly on the vocals, therefore the guitar is downplayed somewhat. I personally have no problem with this, but some people may miss the guitar/vocal interplay on Bitte Orca, to which I would be forced to reply with, "Fool, Bitte Orca doesn't have Bjork on it. Get a real opinion."
I mean, really, guys, there are so many gems on this EP. 'On and Ever Onward', 'When the World Comes to an End', and 'No Embrace' are my personal faves, but, honestly, every track is worth its weight in discarded copies of LMFAO's Sorry for Party Rocking.
The songs, all written by Longstreth about an auspicious whalewatching even involving Amber Coffman (of DP), were first performed at a charity concert, then released a year later, after extensive touring for Bitte Orca. All financial returns on the album, says Longstreth, are to be given away in partnership with the National Geographic Society to projects that attempt to create 'international marine protected areas'. So go here [...] if you want to both participate in environmentalism and purchase an MP3 copy of the album. Total win/win, right? Sorry amazon, hope this doesn't interfere with anyone's profits. Or DO I??