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Bitte Orca

Dirty Projectors

2009

Bitte Orca

Album Summary

Bitte Orca is the fifth studio album by American experimental rock band Dirty Projectors, released on June 9, 2009, on Domino Records. The word "bitte" is a German word for "please", and "orca" is another name for a killer whale. Frontman David Longstreth states that he liked the way the words sound together. Longstreth notes that the music contained within the album "felt very [much] about colors, and their interaction," and that the music was written with the notion of the band, as a whole, in mind.Two of the album's tracks, "Temecula Sunrise" and "Cannibal Resource", appeared on the subsequent EP release, Temecula Sunrise, alongside two new songs.The album peaked at #65 on the Billboard 200 and #12 on the Independent Albums chart. As of April 4, 2012, the album has sold 85,000 copies in the U.S.Bitte Orca is the only studio album by the group to feature Angel Deradoorian as a full-time member.

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Rating

2.84

Votes

3849

Genres

  • Pop
  • Indie
  • Folk
  • Rock
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I can usually be objective and I understand that just because I don't like a thing that someone somewhere might love it. Perhaps it's just not for me. This album, however, made me angry. It's so bad. So so bad. I can't even figure out what they're trying to do here. There's no cohesion, no atmosphere, no point. Awful stuff.

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It's like Captain Beefheart pop

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Offbeat elitist hipster-pop doesn't get much more up its own arse than this.

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5

OK, this was probably the strangest album yet. I have no idea how to start describing it. But I definitely really liked it a lot - without being able to describe why either. I have already saved the album to listen to it again another time. But first I'll just go straight ahead and listen to something else by Dirty Projectors. Update: I then spent the rest of the day listening to radio playlists based on Dirty Projectors and loved it all the way. Even though I still don't really know what kind of music this is.

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5

I got slightly into Dirty Projectors around the time this was released. I don't listen to whole lot of indie rock anymore, and didn't even have a FLAC copy of this - so I guess it has been years since I revisited it. Damn, it's still good. I love the abstract songwriting and idiosyncratic delivery. I love the way layered voices are used, and I love how the music is crisp and precise, but carries a big sense of possibility, like they might go off in another direction any moment. Can't think of anything I would change about this, so 5/5.

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sounds very generic, hard to understand why it made the list. maybe I am missing something.

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Please, killer whale? That is all this reviewer needed to confirm that this album is lost, befuddling, and an object lesson in being a waste of time. Perhaps this album is for musicians, or math-rockers inclined to scramble the brain for no reason other than they can. The pretentiousness that seems to ooze from this album and its compositions is infuriating to where the ears wanted to vomit. With all respect and seriousness, if a listener has to search for an album's intention or motivation, this qualifies as meaningless drivel. Art, such as the one seeming to be promoted here, is meant to challenge and inspire, hopefully to remain begrudgingly respected. This album is just crap, an inspiration for insult and dismissal. If that is the reaction aimed for, then spot on it is. If a band wants to experiment and play chords at random, then re-arrange all that into something that makes enough sense to get a record label to distribute their drivel, then this was it. Every member seems to do their own thing, and they are bad at it. The band is not without some semblance of talent, the whole thing just feels wasted, as though the mindless mashing of chords as a child was praised by over-supportive parents who then paid for a recording session that then was just trendy enough to be looked at as some sort of priceless abstract determined to be refreshingly different. Yes, it is different. Yes, it is not the usual fare one can expect from the so-called mainstream, but at least there we can hear music that is infuriating for better reasons for sounding too good and formulaic. This album is so bad it makes one want to defend pop and mainstream, and that is a bad thing.

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5

Longstreth's voice sounds a bit strained on the first few cuts, but the compositions are intricate and the backing harmonies are delightful in stereo. Temecula Sunrise underlines the suburban angst with interjected "yeah"s. There's a prog-folk feel to first three songs, and they start in roughly the same way: minimal instrumentation and male vocals opening into movements and soundscapes. Stillness Is The Move is the proof that this is not the formula. It establishes that fact with its vamp. The sequencing continues to flow thanks to the string section linkage, until No Intention breaks the flow with a hint of a different kind of project altogether. The album ends with Longstreth in a halfway point between his early, more forced vocals and the more comfortable timbre of the couple preceding tracks. This time, he enters after an organ, and the song and album come to a close as the ideas on it come to fruition. I didn't expect something this accessible when I saw Trout Mask Replica comparisons, but this project earns it when its title is realized in lyrics.

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5

I wish I’d discovered this album outside of this project, as one day is not enough to really rate and digest it. However, I think this is still a pretty clear 5 here; I love this creative and experimental indie.

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4

Pretty tripped out actually and I ended up listening to a handful of the songs more than once

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4

I really liked this album. I discovered this band relatively recently and liked their album with Bjork. I think the way the use the male and female voices is interesting

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A great deal of this record is a guy singing in falsetto while two female voices do a weird "vocal hocketing" thing that I learned about today. Dirty Projectors is one of those art pop bands that think switching obscure time signatures in the middle of a song makes them worthy. Technical acumen is nice, but they occassionally forget to make the music listenable at the same time. Best track: Two Doves

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Pretty art pop/rock. A bit meandering and it often feels like random harmonies and notes for the sake of it.

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Indie with a capital I. Not my thing.

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I don't really get it. The album manages to be good, interesting, bad, and bland. Unfortunately, none of good parts are very interesting and all of the interesting parts are bad. The very best of the album sounds like it belongs on a better album.

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Pretty much unlistenable the worst album I've ever heard.

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5

thought it was pretty cool

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5

Great band. Saw this album played in person in Dallas. Still love it.

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5

Reeeally nice. It reminds me of tune yards a lot

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5

Loved it when I was 14, still love it now.

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5

This is a great experimental indie album, reminds me of Discovery. A big fan of some of the strange cadences and the colorful sound.

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5

Mellow melodies, soft voices, a good indie album

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5

Noticed one of the songs form 2k13 lol but really enjoyed the album!

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5

Try it, you'll like it!

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5

I listed to it many times in a row.

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5

I couldn’t get into the earlier Dirty Projectors releases, but Bitte Orca was one of my favorite releases of 2009. The songs were more conventional in structure than past works but maintained the eclectic playfulness that Dirty Projectors was known for. While there is a lot going on throughout the release, it somehow is all grounded. Well done.

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5

Awesome album! Very unique, vocals are different but fit the feel very well. Loved it.

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Very cool freak folk record

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4

Excellent album by Dirty Projectors. Some people say the vocals are like soap, but I love this dude, and the abstract sounds they're putting out.

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4

Another great album from an indie rock band I didn't know. Keep them coming!!

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4

Very into this. Cool indie vibe with catchy melodies and pretty vocals.

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4

REALLY COOL MAN

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didn’t really need to be on this list but cool. liked it more when listened twice.

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4

Very chill and soothing. Not an every day listen.

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4

A lovely album. I can't put my finger on what is so unique about them, but they just seem to have a way of composing and writing that is unexpected, unusual, and appealing to me.

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4

Great album, always fun to listen to this unique band.

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Wonderfully quirky and inventive. I think The Dirty Projectors and Grizzly Bear were two of the best indie acts of the early 2000s. Like any offbeat and complex works it’ll take a few lessons to grow on me but then it’s gonna stick for a long time, unlike the formulaic pop on mainstream radio

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4

Un disco con popurrí de canciones, parecen inconexas. Pero las canciones están bien. Folk, africano, inde, Rufus... popurrí.

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4

Experimental music can be very very good or can miss the mark completely. This is the former. Reminiscent in places of a Zaireeka-era Flaming Lips and a more polished Deerhoof, which is very much my jam. I'd never heard of Dirty Projectors before, but enjoyed this enough to want to check out more of their back catalogue. If it is as good as this, I will be in for a treat, but suspect 'hit and miss' may go with the genre... 4/5.

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"I think you're more than a terrified witness Behind the arbitrary line" (Cannibal resource) "On top of every mountain There was a great longing For another even higher mountain In each city longing for a bigger city" (Stillness is the move) Pues bastante bien, me gustan mucho las letras y el arte es muy bonito.

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4

Klinkt als wat ik al luister. Leuke rock :)

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4

Surprisingly good album from a band I've never heard of!

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4

even the most accessible dirty projectors is probably fairly niche. regardless, i think i probably love this album. i love the weird time shit he does.

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4

This really captures a particular area of indie pop for me. I've heard it before and will listen again.

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4

а ниче прикольно так

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4

Truly a first listen for me, probably my first album on the list that I really didn't have much context on. Like, heard of the band before, had some sort of indie rock context, but that's it. And, I'm liking it - a good surprise. Not sure how much I'll want to stick with it over time, but I could see it growing on me (the way Of Montreal's "Hissing Fauna.." did, or could see it getting old. But, for now, I like the layered vocals, the mix of soft and hard, the general feel of orchestration to the whole thing.

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4

Funky style, I really enjoyed it.

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4

Reading the reviews I thought this was going to be pretentious rubbish, but it was actually enjoyable.

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4

Good indie music

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4

Chaotic eclectic sporadic fun. Build ups followed by sudden drops. Smooth guitar work interrupted perfectly by the crash of a cymbal then followed by intentional offbeat drum solos and it all works. Wonderfully unintelligible cannons and echos and dynamic duets between two strong vocalists. Bold new sound seems right here and I will definitely seek them out for more like this. Very unique sound. Cannibal resource, Temecula sunrise, remade horizons, stillness is the move

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4

I've heard of the Dirty Projectors, but I wasn't sure if I've heard any of their music. I've probably heard at least one of their Tiny Desk Concerts. I wasn't sure if "Stillness Is the Move" was a track I've heard before, or if some of the sounds used on the record just remind me of other music. Most of the album felt that way - new music to me but with hints of sounds I've heard before. This isn't bad. The album was put together in a way that I think that it qualifies as a potential re-listen of the whole album.

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4

Flaps around more than an erotic bat, yet somehow appealing. Most songs went places unexpectedly, which I like. One song in particular had off-key singing, was not a fan

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4

Didn't like temecula sunrise, but the rest of the album turned it around for me.

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4

The first album and group that was completely new to me on this list. I enjoyed it as something fresh and different.

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4

Lots of melodic and rhythmic unpredictability on this one. Interesting vocals and instrumentation, too. Sometimes it's really interesting and fun and sometimes it's hard work to listen. I loved Cannibal Resource, particularly the backing vocals and the guitar in the instrumental section mid-song. I loved Stillness is the Move, including the title (this is a band that likes a juxtaposition I think). Two Doves sounds like contemporary musical theater (that's a compliment coming from me) and contains the line, "But our bed is like a failure." And Remade Horizon is really great, again with the hooty backing vocals that I find so charming. Most of the rest didn't really work for me. Temecula Sunrise has extremely pedestrian, extremely depressing lyrics. ("Definitely you can come and live with us. I know there's a space for you in the basement, yeah. All you gotta do is help out with the chores and dishes." Poetic in its banality? Actually, kind of yes.) In The Bride, the handclaps after the line, "no one has any good reason to live," were...surprising. I'm giving this one a 4 because the songs I love, I really love, and I am giving them each a star.

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4

What is this? And how can I get slightly more but not a lot more than this?

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4

A defining sound of the late 00s, much like Vampire Weekend, Acade Fire etc

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Somewhere in the early 2010's, a "facts" page in Facebook once boasted: Japanese scientists have created an MRI machine that can record your dreams and reconstruct them for you to watch while you're awake. And that made me think: considering the illogical and very, very weird stuffs that we see, do, and experience in our sleep-worlds, what could we watch if such MRI machine exists. And more importantly, how will we REACT? But apart from images, our brains actually created SOUNDS too. And of course, the sounds isn't any less weird. A lot of people are probably aware of those non-existent symphonies and synths and voices screaming random words like opera singers. I experience such music when I am about to sleep or about to wake up. And thinking about the fact that my skills in music stuff is zero, I guess that EVERYONE'S brain creates unique music too. My point is, what if instead of recording what we see in our dreams, we record what we HEAR in our dreams? What would we hear? Well, in 2009, some people who call themselves "Dirty Projectors" made a pretty convincing impression of those weird dream-music. They called this album "Bitte Orca". Please killer whale. And hearing those while awake? Weird. Weird. And weird. And perhaps I would have the same reaction if I saw my dreams in that MRI machine. I would see all the eccentric adventures and the illogical stuffs in it. I would find it weird. And this is how I describe "Bitte Orca". Surreal lyrics, unpredictable sounds, and tense yet fun overall atmosphere. It's dream music (no, not the Minecraft YouTuber). It reminds me why I love dreaming. It is where we temporarily throw logic and rules aside, and just have fun and face the chaos and surprises of human imagination.

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4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: No intention, Remade horizon

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4

Too much for me, but great rhythm

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4

Euphoric Pop. Great Production.

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4

Un disco con popurrí de canciones, parecen inconexas. Pero las canciones están bien. Folk, africano, inde, Rufus... popurrí. 4

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4/5. Pretty experimental/out there indie. Lots of cool highlights 🤙

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4

Another casualty of my “I wasn’t paying attention to ‘mainstream indie rock’ at this time that I definitely would’ve liked” era

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4

A new band for me. Really enjoyed this album. Got an Arcade Fire vibe about it.

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4

While songs lack depth and substance - sonically and melodically it’s a quite interesting and varied album.

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4

Well this was a splendid surprise. Had not heard of the band before. The album contains plenty of thrills. The harmonies complement the lead so well. Plus the album manages to extend time. It appeared much longer than reported timing. Maybe those odd time signatures did the trick.

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4

Was very very decent. May need to relisten again very soon.

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4

Super original futuristic retro sound, already a modern classic. 7/10

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4

I was way into this kinda stuff in college. The name of the band and the album cover are very familiar to me. Listening to it, I don't believe I have heard it before. It takes me back to '09 for sure. It feels sort of dated in a "very much a product of time/place" sort of way, but I still really enjoy it. Unique vocal stylings. You know what? Bitte Orca IS fun to say!

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If there's a such thing as progressive indie, it's this. I was pleasantly surprised! Every song interested me because they were constantly surprising me by changing in ways I didn't expect. It was very impressive and felt very creative and fresh. This one could definitely grow on me more, I will return

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Rätt stökiga, ostrukturerade melodier och många olika typer av sound genom hela albumet. På ett bra sätt! Dock lite för modernt och fräscht för min smak!

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3

test

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3

3.5/5. It was different, but good. I liked the sounds on it. I need to listen again.

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3

A bit plinky plonky in places but it had some good tracks

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3

stop sprawling and start editing people

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3

This is more of a 3.5 than a 3. Some really beautiful moments here, but sometimes a little too chaotic for my taste. Still, I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed it considering the fact that I got a free song from this album back in 2010/2011 and I didn't like it back then. We love to see the evolution of music taste! Growth!!

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3

Too fiddly for me

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3

Indie-rock, moderne, opløftende, eksperimenterende, varieret vokal

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3

This album caught me on a good day. I was in the mood for something like this. But, as I type this, I realize the album was largely forgettable.

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3

Interesting

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3

2009 indie

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3

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Gillade det här ganska mycket. Jag kan verkligen uppskatta flippiga rytmer och taktarter men då tycker jag att hela bandet får spela samma flippiga rytmer och taktarter. Blir lite för otajt ibland tycker jag. Åtminstone för mina sköra små lekmansöron.

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3

Alright I guess

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3

Pretty good. A little odd at times but enjoyable.

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3

On second listen I did like this album more - I think I would have loved it had I discovered it during my indie phase of high school

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3

I enjoyed this but didn't love it. I think if I was seeing them live I really like them but nothing really drew me back to the album. As discussed I think they are a time sensitive band and listening to them now they just sound like many others bands but looking at the year this album came out it must have been a pretty fresh sound.

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eh

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I respect the experimental-ness, but it doesn't always work for me. The guys voice is not my cup of tea, the female led vocals are better for me, like on Stillness is The Move which is not bad. But it is definitely indie-pop, which in the end I still don't usually like a lot.

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3

The vocals, a little trying to me. Maybe too clever by half.

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3

n/a

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3

Rock experimental.

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3

Enjoyable but kinda weird and hectic

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3

I like this more than I'd like to admit.

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3

This is a quirky collection of songs. I enjoyed the ones with the female vocalists; moving the background vocals up front was very different and original; I didn’t like the constant changes of mood and tempo. This wasn’t in the original 1001 so it must be a recent addition.

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3/5

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Decent!

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Salvages a three because its so close to being good. Some of their artistic choices making it see more disjointed than it needs to be. Feels a bit like my head is spinning listening to this album. Worth maybe giving another shot later

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3

Frequently kind of jarring, and a little too out there for me to deeply enjoy it.

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I enjoyed this album and more so on the second time of listening, my favourite track was ‘stillness is the move’. I would have no idea how to categorise this music genre but i’m a fan yeah. Not quite 4 stars but a high 3.

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I don’t know how I feel about this

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The record was quirky and took some risks. While it was not my cup of tea I know some folks who probably love it or would so.

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The sound is immediately recognizable as more modern than most of the 1001 LPs. I like the way the guitar plays the rhythm without strumming. I appreciate the originality of how they accomplish this. There is something  in their sound related to the transitions within the songs that you might label unusual or creative (depending on whether you like it) . It's not only  the vocals or guitars coming in unexpectedly, although this is done a fair bit,  but also other jumps within the songs.  I can't  describe these maneuvers  well and certainly can’t explain how they get the listener to heed the jumps but the fact they accomplish this with the listener validates their creativity.   While I appreciate the music and the creativity,  I find the "sleight of hand"  in their music cumbersome and, at the end of the day, exhausting. 

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I thought it was nice and varied. I didn't think it sounded loads like vampire weekend tbh. I might give it another listen later today because word on the street is it's better the second time.

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Начну с небольшого списка альбомов, вышедших в 2009 году и не указанных в списке: Karnivool — Sound Awake Mastodon — Crack the Skye Sonic Youth — The Eternal Muse — The Resistance Kid Cudi — Man on the Moon: The End of Day Converge — Axe to Fall Porcupine Tree — The Incident Puscifer — "C" Is for (Please Insert Sophomoric Genitalia Reference Here) Tyler the Creator — Bastard Bat for Lashes — Two Suns Immortal — All Shall Fall и наконец ебучий Сплин — Сигнал из космоса. Год явно был не выдающимся для музыки, многие из этих альбомов на гениальные не тянут. Но насколько же они лучше, чем Битта Орка. Смешно, что это поняли даже создатели списка и пидорнули из него пластинку в ревизии 2018 года. Но мы, видимо, ознакамливаемся с какой-то более древней версией, поэтому кушаем на здоровье. И не сказать, что альбом прям говно. Ну да, это очевидно новый для меня арт-альбом, который и не должен даваться легко. Уж чего нельзя ему вменить — так это банальности и потакания массам. Музло экспериментальное, самобытное, местами цепляющее, местами сбивающее с толку. Но я так и не смог запустить эту музыку к себе в сердце. Оооочень много ничем не обоснованного авангардизма для авангардизма — все песни кривые, ломанные, практически нет четких мелодий, которые бы придавали композициям целостность. Оно всё как-то существует отдельно друг от друга, песни внезапно стопорятся, меняют темп, начинается какая-то ничем не обусловленная какафония, вокалист воет где-то на уровне умирающего попугая. Ну да, как эксперимент это необычно и уважабельно. Но слушать такое для удовольствия просто невозможно — каждая песня просто душит, просто блять ногой на горло наступает своими полумузыкальными выебонами. Короче хз, ну 5/10 где-то, не могу толком определиться, что с этим делать.

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Ovo je zapravo jako dobar album. Odlično ime benda, coveri albuma su im top i htio sam neko vrijeme ih preslusati i evo napokon. Nešto malo drugačije, instrumentalna potkrepljeni sa ženskim/muškim vokalima.

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Took a second listen to get this one but it’s actually pretty good. I really like the way they use the guy and girl vocals and some of the weird guitar timing was really interesting. I could see this growing on me and deserving a higher rating but for now it’s a 3. My favorite tracks were “Cannibal Resource” and “Stillness Is The Move”.

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3

The singer and some of the songs gave me some serious Ra Ra Riot vibes, which I enjoyed. Highlights: Cannibal Resource, Two Doves, Fluorescent Half Dome

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3

This was an interesting modern relief after a run of stodgy 80s acts. Kinda weird, thin, jagged stuff. Pretty good in parts but was lacking either a folk mind or a indie pop dancefloor heart.

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3

Oh dirty projectors daar luister ik al eens graag naar, dit album nog niet beluisterd dus ben benieuwd, is vaak goed voor rustige achtergrond muziek. (vaak zowat toffe vrolijke geluiden) Stilness is the move - goei pop jam Voor de rest; goed voor op de achtergrond

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3

Stillness is the move is die goede NBA 2k13 bop. 3.5

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3

Chill, nothing exciting but good.

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3

Alright

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I *think* I liked this. It was an experience.

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// Favs: – Score: Light to Decent 3

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Interesting. One of the male vocalists sounds like Jeremy of "Woody & Jeremy"

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Great harmonies with interesting music to go along with it

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5/10 - Talent was there from the musicians but the vocals were super off putting. I feel like they are very pretentious....

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3

A bit of odd-ball pop music. Does not stray away from eccentric arrangements and play-styles. But, at it's core, it's still pretty good indie pop music. Some may find the eccentricity annoying, what with the constant off-beat hits and moving from one riff to another. It sounds similar to what ADHD would be like in music form. All that being said, I don't think it would be nearly as memorable if it didn't have those manic moments. One of the simpler songs, Two Doves, is a nice song but doesn't stick with me like the weirder tracks that come before. The drum break in Useful Chamber was particularly fun, leading into the dirty distortion of the next section in the song. I think, at the end of the day, this isn't going to be one of my favorites. It's just too self-indulgent to have any really depth, despite how much I appreciate the choices made to make this album stand out.

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Very much a Euro Alt Rock / Indie type thing. Never heard of this group before. Very up and down with some relatively normal folksy type indie tunes, and then getting into some weird yodeling and jazzy/inconsistent melodies. It was ok, seemed very experimental, not really my cup of tea but I didn't hate it. Vocalists remind me of Mother Mother, lots of harmonies with the 3 of them but the music almost gives me a Swedish or Icelandic Fairy-tale kind of vibe. A bit trippy and very offbeat. It's so hard to pin down.

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It's growing on me.

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I really wanted to like this album but it didn't give me anything to really grasp on to. This history was fascinating - including the stories behind the band members and the art work - so I would love to spend more time in the space of this album but in the meantime I'm giving it 3 stars. Mainly becuase I can appreciate the experiemental nature of the album and the fact that the Dirty Projectors tried to do something a little different... It just may be a little TOO different for me.

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Not immediate but wanted to listen again when it got to the end

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OK. Nothing out of the ordinary

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Very enjoyable. Most likely a strong grower.

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Didn't like as much as I remember. Vocals sound great and interesting music, it just doesn't add up to much really. Stillness Is The Move is a great song though

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Close to a 4, but I don't feel quite that strongly.

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Guter anspruchsvoller Pop

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Cool, aber auch schwere Kost!

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I listened a few times and still couldn’t really get into it. There is a peculiar nature to the compositions that I thought repeated listening might make me better see the beauty. However, I still only found the album as something that I can tolerate, not really like.

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Well, on first listening, I found I liked the most traditional-sounding song, "Two Doves" and found the rest hard to get into. I worked a little to get into "Stillness Is the Move" and started to appreciate it a bit more. Repeated listening may spark more appreciation, but there's hundreds of albums to go and I'm not gonna.

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This is pleasant plinky plonk pop but utterly devoid of anything that stands out. I know they are an American band, but it's like listening to bottled Shoreditch at times. Temecula Sunrise is basically 20 songs they didn't know what to do with.

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That was fun!

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Upbeat joyous nonsense.

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Best Song: Stillness in the Move. Best vocals of the album. Worst Song: Temecula Sunrise. Really don't like the instrumental spasm they do right before the words "Temecula Sunrise". Overall: Fun looping and layered instrumentals that just ultimately wasn't for me.

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pretty forgettable

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Band name and album art were vaguely familiar but the music was all new to me. Funky fresh, inventive blend of electric, acoustic, orchestral, world music etc. Really picked up momentum at track 4 - would've enjoyed more tracks with the female vocalists. Less exciting second time round once the thrill of the new had worn off, but I still appreciate the creativity.

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Pop sin estridencias. Melodías algunas un tanto extrañas. Agradable, pero sin aportar nada

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Tuneyards, anyone?

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Unexpected and easy to listen to.

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Interesante, bueno

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Le nom du groupe annonçait la couleur toutefois je ne m'attendais pas du tout à cette horrible expérience visuelle. L'album est en effet projeté sur une toile blanche à l'aide de deux appareils qu'on devine à peine sortis de la cave. Les images sont de cet fait d'une qualité des plus médiocres la faute à une large couche de poussière et de toiles d'araignées recouvrant les deux objectifs. À fuir.

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I've heard other Dirty Projectors albums before that I've liked better. I want to like this one, but it's a little too discordant for me to totally get on board withh

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Good album, but like most of the post-2000 additions to this list I gotta ask what makes this a must listen? I've never heard of this album or group. Granted when this was released, I had a four year old running around the house. 3.5/5.

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Okay

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Second Listen. One of the most interesting (in a bizarre way) albums on the list. I don't think any one song stands out, they are all fairly equal to me. I have a favorable opinion of the album this time around, not sure if I think it is worthy of the list, but I enjoyed it. 3/5

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Weird but I liked it

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Not super into the songwriting or the vocals, but there are some super interesting production and mixing choices here that make it feel more substantial than a generic indie pop record.

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I really enjoyed the mixing of electronics and strings, the male and female vocals. Very experimental and playful. The more electronic songs reminded me a little of Age of Adz by Sufjan Stevens. 3.5

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Refreshing, eclectic, lovely harmonies. Not a group or style I am that familiar with, so difficult for me to compare it to anything else. But it did sound like Jeff Buckley may have been an influence? Not bad at all

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A fun, defiant LP that pushes slightly above the crowded 2010s indie scene. There's some excellent guitar work here, and the arrangements are generally chaotic and absorbing without being too abstruse. There is a fair amount of soft-voiced downtempo generic indie filler, however, and even the most interesting tracks suffer a little from lack of editing when they introduce a fun guitar lick... only to repeat it for four minutes into an eventual fade-out. Longer tracks are fine ('Useful Chamber' is one of those sprawling indie anthems that contains worlds within itself and invites endless relistening), but only when there's a fair amount of variety to keep things from getting stale.

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Niet heel spannend, maar het had ook wel weer iets weirds wat het toch wel interessant maakte.

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Beetje weird, maar ook niet vervelend.

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Totaal nieuw voor mij, best aardig plaatje, maar moet het waarschijnlijk meer draaien om erachter te komen of dit echt wat voor mij is.

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Tja, dit kende ik helemaal niet. Begon lekker, werd wat vaag maar bleef verder wel ok

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3.75

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Indie vibes

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This is quite an attention grabbing bizarre album. This is almost a live 'jamming' session album, I couldn't really describe the genre, wiki calls it 'experimental rock' - experimental is right, rock - not so much, it's more modern classical folk singer-songwriter jazz? Anyway - there's lots of surprisingly elements, off key measures, tempo changes or skips - it could ALMOST be background easy listening music except for the injected surprise elements draw your attention back constantly. Unfortunately, not a fan of the singers - who sounds like a less controlled 'Mika' - high pitched, shaky, something I guess you need to get to like. I can understand the ideas behind the album, though it's not really to my personal taste.

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2009. Key Songs: Stillness Is The Move, Useful Chamber

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not for me.

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Hmm, probably too experimental for my tastes. I suspect that if I were in the mood for it, it would rate more than 2 stars. As such, I'm not, and thusly: 2.

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Me

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Whiny falsetto and asynchronous rhythm are not welcome, Orca. Stillness is the move is okay.

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I should like this for it's experimental tendencies but it doesn't really grab me for some reason. In fact I'm finding that it is frequently annoying me. It comes across as somewhat "lightweight" to me. Beautiful in a way but also perhaps trying a bit too hard to be so.

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Creative, out there indie melodies, otherwise meh

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nja...

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"Bitte Orca" roughly translates to "Thank You, Whale from Free Willy." I wanted to like this but it's hipster bullshit. So much vocalizing/modulating in every fucking song. Weird inflection can be cool but not in every fucking song. I couldn't understand the lyrics so I looked them up... mistake. It sounds like experimental college kid music. I can't imagine listening to this for fun. Music for people who want to appear interesting. Spare me. No Intention raises it from a 1 to a 2 for me.

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I don't know what I was expecting, having only ever listened to a couple tracks from Dirty Projectors. They were huge with the hipsters while I was in college, so I guess I just never listened. A fine record, but forgettable.

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Wasn't that interested

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Haiku Tuesday: Rock Experiments || You know, most experiments... || They fail, like this one.

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Bad...

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Not a fan of the overly clean indie-rock sound or the tight harmonies. The stranger/off-kilter tracks are the strongest (second half of 'Remade Horizon'). 4/10, would benefit from being less formulaic

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An interesting mix of electronic, rock, pop, orchestral, etc. Creative structures. Experimental without being dissonant. Just not for me.

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Not for me

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Some of it was ok but no idea how the hell this made it on onto any greatest album list 🤷🏼‍♂️

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too clever by half for me

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im not sure what that was

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Too eccentric for my taste.

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Bit weird

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Нормис не заценил. На грани с неслушабельным. Какофония, которая мало того, что слух режет, да к тому же эстетикой приятной не обладает. Бездушный звук, будто нейросетью состряпанный. Тогда, когда это похоже на адекватную музыку, вроде бы радуешься, но понимаешь, что до хорошей музыки всё же не дотягивает. В качестве неплохого ухо выцепило трек Useful Chamber. Который намекает, что существует вероятность въехать и во всё остальное, хоть она и КРАЙНЕ МАЛА. Посему совсем на дно альбом опускать не стану.

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meh

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experimentell und teilweise sehr nervige Sounds...

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Está ok, prefiro o de 2017.

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no

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A little boring, but an ok record

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This album felt disjointed and none of the songs really engaged me. Not a fan.

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Vocal harmonies were interesting, but otherwise somewhat unremarkable

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2.3 Welcome to Te Boelaerpark festival, hier hebben we bakfiets atracties en gratis gemberbier! GTFO absoluut geen plaat da ge MOET gehoord hebben

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Voor mij weinig boeiende zeroes rock

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A bit too experimental for my taste

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This is why i don't bother going to see the bands when i'm at ATP

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2/5 naaaaah

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Definitely missed this whole 2010s indie scene and can't say I regret it. Just can't wrap my head around why anyone would submit to this torture. The music is a grab bang of half finished guitar parts and weird synths, the lyrics are inane and the lead singer has one of the most annoying voices I've heard so far on this list, which is saying something. The only bright spot is when one of the women is singing and that only happens on the one single.

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Sometimes good, mostly bad

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This was pretty good. I wasn’t a fan of some of the vocals but the rest was inoffensive

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Wel lekker apart, maar de gebruikte geluiden en stemmen spreken me niet aan

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meh

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Have never heard of this group before. As I listened to the album the first time I felt like I might be hearing something very modern what with its odd song structures and airy backing vocals. Is this some post-modern new wave or something? I kept thinking that maybe this is a little too modern for me? I did not feel comfortable listening to this album. There was something persistently alien that prevented me from enjoying this. I started listening a second time but abandoned that attempt after I started feeling annoyed. BITTE ORCA is some new kind of music to me, but I don’t see myself wanting to hear any more of this. There is real talent on display but ultimately I feel unable to relate to this… even though I kind of wish I did.

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This era of indie-rock/pop just annoys me.

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I think these songs will take more time to enjoy. Kind of a strange album.

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Kannte ich nicht - nicht schlecht - aber werde ich nicht wieder hören

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5/10

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Beetje vage pingelmuziek. Ik kan er niet van genieten, maar het irriteert me ook niet zo heel erg.

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This is a pretty eclectic sounding album. Sophisticated pop music for the new millenia. hear a little Vampire Weekend at times also some TV on the Radio. And definitely a Beach Boys thread running through their songs. I enjoyed some songs but many son gs did not hold my attention; 2.5 stars

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I wanted to like it but ultimately found the record quite boring. I was surprised to see they were American. I was guessing Finnish or Norwegian.

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No.

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Some interesting moments and quite musically diverse but reminded me of the worst excesses of mid 2000s "art pop" – mostly self indulgent and unlistenable. What's wrong with a melody?

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can't listen to it, too experimental for me

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Si l'absence de talent avait un nom, ce serait sans aucun doute Dirty Projectors. J'ai de plus très peu apprécié le moment où le chanteur du groupe, en plein milieu de sa "performance", avale soudainnement le soleil, avant de nous le recracher à la figure dans un ray de lumière éblouissant. Un album à fuir donc.

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The bass sounded non-existent on this. Maybe it was my Spotify being streamed through AirPods? The production sounded very tinny. Which is a shame as there could be a decent rhythm behind the lyrics. There's perhaps a concept album trying to break through here. It felt like there was too many competing genres trying to be heard. tbh I didn't give it my full focus.

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It's a bit too quirky for my taste. I do like some of the instrumentation here, however I find the vocals off-putting at times.

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Not my vibe, from what I recall.

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Ok ig

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Okayish songs, chill for sunny Sundays but repetitive and not catchy

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Indie sin sentido. La música va a su bola. Los cantantes, también. Un 2 porque alguna canción tiene hasta gracia.

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Bitte Orca by Dirty Projectors (2009) With opaque, underdeveloped lyrics spiced with scattershot references without meaning (from the Song of Solomon to Bob Dylan, but why?) no one agrees on theme or message, although suggestions range from (1) gestalt, to (2) surrealism, to (3) post-structuralist interrogations of binary opposition which focus instead on a mediating third order between idea and reality. I prefer (3), and I dare you to try to prove me wrong (Turdle-Loo!). In terms of composition, well, the listener is immediately struck by studied chaos, (i.e., not randomly improvisational), punctuated with infrequent moments of rhythmic sense and serendipitous tempo variations; the jerky motion of anti-meter is disconcerting (and post-structural, see (3) above), but mildly entertaining. It certainly sounds well-rehearsed. I’d like to see what a group of kids on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand would’ve said about one of these songs (“Uh, gee, Dick, I can’t dance to it, but I’ll check with my friends to see if it’s cool and get back to ya”). The talented female backing vocals, with crisp timbre and good blend (especially on “Remade Horizon”) provide suitable counterpoint to the male lead vocal, however, all these vocal flashes are harnessed to the delivery of melody and harmony that’s disciplined but rather aimless, kind of like a university marching band doing a halftime routine of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”. The musical highlight of the album, in my view, consists of the centrally placed back-to-back tracks “Stillness Is the Move” and “Two Doves”, each featuring lead vocal by one the group’s two female singers. Cool sound. I say listen to these two tracks a few times, then listen to the rest of the album once, and then toss it. 2/5

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High hopes. Wasn't awful but varied between tiresome & grating in some areas. "Useful Chamber" was terrible. I thought they'd accidentally mixed two songs together.

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When I tell people I usually don't like indie rock this is what i'm talking about. The music jumped around to various sounds without ever really establishing a groove and some of the falsetto vocals became really unbearable at points. I think this is somewhat technically impressive and was probably a difficult album to make, but it is not an enjoyable album to listen to. I don't feel like there was much soul in here.

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Okay. A bit annoying at times, like a less-good White Stripes

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Pitchfork probably gave this a 12

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Best vervelend eigenlijk. Die stem van die man ook; een soort kruising tussen de zanger van Simply Red en Belle & Sebastian. Misschien komt het door de hitte, maar ik verdraag het slecht.

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Bit weird. Wasn't surprised to see that they've collaborated with Bjork.

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Not my taste

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Thought this would be right up my street however it got on my tits to be honest. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood. Oh well.

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Kept thinking I was going to really enjoy and song and then it would go off in a different direction .

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Was average.

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Couldn't really find anything I liked if I'm honest

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Well this isn't awful but it sure ain't good. It seems to revel in broken melodies and dissonance, without the charm needed to carry it off.

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Wtf was this shit?

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This sounds like the kind of horrible jangly trash that dicks who work in record stores like to recommend just because it's obscure. Some music deserves obscurity.

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1.5

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What a disaster. No songs, just a guy pretending to have talent.

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shit

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Nonsense. Nonsense. NONSENSE

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Life too short for this shit

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I did not enjoy this. I felt like they were trying too hard.

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I'm certain there is more here but I lack the motivation to discover it. The vocalists all sound top notch though. Sounded like a bunch of talented people were in the other room noodling.

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Fuck this shit...

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asdf

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Nope

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el vocalista suena demasiad como john lennon y me incomoda mucho no voy a escuchar esta atrocidad

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It was okay, a little too indie for me. No songs stood out but it was nice background music.

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not my cup of tea

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Nah

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Weird not great. Have heard stuff like it. Can't see that there's not 1001 albums better.

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Such few contemporary albums and this is what they choose?

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A bit of a hot mess, some interesting sounds but I just got bored and wanted it to end. I thought the female voices on the first track were cool, but all i could think with the lead vocalist voice was pretentious. Sorry, but no.

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Bought this at the time but not impressed. Forgot to add tunes!

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This was a painful listen.

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An incoherent, discordant mess that’s seriously painful on the ears.

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This is just a bad album. None of it was memorable or groundbreaking or interesting. Thankfully it was only 41 minutes long. No need to listen.

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I expected to like this a lot more than I did. I had heard ‘Stillness...’ previously and liked it so much it made the cut on my Christmas podcast that year. But it turns out that that track was an outlier, especially as it had a different singer. I really don’t like the main voice: whiny and emotionless. The backing is more interesting in places, but the rest of the album (other than Stillness…) just felt quirky for the sake of it, and lacking in focus and much melody. Would not recommend.

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Didn't like this very much. Too much electronics and not enough "real music". Vocals sound like high pitched whines. Certainly wouldn't be on my list of albums that you must hear.

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Another ex-1001 album. http://1001albumsyoumusthearbeforeyoudie.wikidot.com/album-artists-a-z-ex I didn't like it at all. Felt like I'd heard this kind of thing in plenty of other more well know late-2000s alt/indie/faux-folk/hipster bands. I like the artwork, if that's any consolation.

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It's just a horrible mess of crap songs, badly played, badly sung. it was basically unlistenable. To call this hipster pop is an insult to hipster pop.

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Very bad. Nein danke from me!

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Hated the voices.

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leiðinlegt skrítipopp, tekur sig of alvarlega með allar klisjurnar

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This was bad. Felt like a punishment. Would vote this off the list.

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