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This review is from: Bitte Orca (Audio CD)
You might have bought the brilliant RedHot compilation Dark Was The Night and like me adored opener, the Dirty Projectors "Knotty Pine," an ecstatic, acoustic guitar stomp featuring David Byrne. When I saw this, their latest, getting good write ups I decided to have a listen. I wasn't expecting something with the (reletively) straight forward pop rush of that song and I didn't get it. What you have here is a strange amalgum of swooping vocals, sublime female harmonies, virtuoso guitar and sudden rock lurches.
In fact "lurches" is what a number of the songs here do quite often - suddenly coming in with a surprise left hook of distorted guitar before going acapella, going to a Beck-ish beat, an "african" (sorry I'm not sufficiently "well listened" to be more specific) sounding guitar break...and so on.
It's not just messing around and showing off though, the songs are strong and I've woken up with one or another in my head since I bought it. "Cannibal Resource" opens things with a really intoxicating melody, generous helpings of rock crunch and is "normal" enough to entice a wary listener. "Tecemula Sunrise" features a great Byrnish line about living "in the stretch beyond the dealership" and has ear zingingly "out" guitars festooning its chorus. "Useful Chamber" begins with "Kid A" like shifting tones before throwing in a guitar that's still wrongfooting me five or so listens in.
If being wrongfooted by your music makes the whole thing sound horribly "avant" and undanceable, if not unlistenable, defintely check out R&B flavoured party piece "STillness is the Move" a fantastic funky choon.
All in all an unusual sounding album but a seriously fun one. Have a listen.