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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

2.8

Votes

4781

Genres

  • Pop
  • Indie
  • Folk
  • Rock
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Sun Dec 06 2020
1

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

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Wed Apr 07 2021
1

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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Sat May 15 2021
2

It's like Captain Beefheart pop

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Thu May 27 2021
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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Tue Apr 13 2021
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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Mon Apr 19 2021
2

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

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Wed May 11 2022
1

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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Sun Jul 04 2021
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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Tue Aug 10 2021
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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Wed Nov 25 2020
4

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

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Thu Mar 11 2021
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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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

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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Thu May 27 2021
3

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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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

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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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

Don’t tell the indie kids, but I think David Longstreth is a massive Steve Howe (Yes) fan. He laces Howe-isms in his guitar playing through out the record. If you don’t believe me, listen to the title track or “Temecula Sunrise”, if you’ve heard a few Steve Howe solos or enjoy Yes, it’ll hit you hard. Honestly, it’s pretty amazing, like if you dropped Steve Howe into Stereolab and it somehow worked. Ok, enough trying manipulate the generator into giving me a Yes record to review. (Serious about the Steve Howe thing, though). Bitte Orca separates itself from a lot of 2000/10’s indie rock with its complex, layered arrangements. It’s a daunting listen at first, but when it clicks, it’ll likely leave you wanting more. RIYL: “Point” by Cornelius, Steve Howe’s work in Yes.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
2

Indie with a capital I. Not my thing.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
2

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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Wed Apr 27 2022
1

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

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

thought it was pretty cool

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Thu Jul 01 2021
5

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

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Mon May 10 2021
5

Reeeally nice. It reminds me of tune yards a lot

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

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

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Tue Aug 10 2021
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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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

Mellow melodies, soft voices, a good indie album

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

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

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

Try it, you'll like it!

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

I listed to it many times in a row.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
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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Wed Apr 27 2022
5

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

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

crazy good alternative album just a 10/10 for creativity alone actually amazing

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Very cool freak folk record

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Fri May 14 2021
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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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

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

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

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

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

REALLY COOL MAN

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

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

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Very chill and soothing. Not an every day listen.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
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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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

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

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

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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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

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

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Mon Jun 21 2021
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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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

"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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Tue May 04 2021
4

Klinkt als wat ik al luister. Leuke rock :)

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

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

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Wed Feb 10 2021
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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Wed Jun 16 2021
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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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

а ниче прикольно так

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Mon May 17 2021
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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Thu May 13 2021
4

Funky style, I really enjoyed it.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
4

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

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Sun Aug 15 2021
4

Good indie music

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Tue Aug 17 2021
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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Wed Aug 25 2021
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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Thu Sep 09 2021
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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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

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

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Fri Nov 05 2021
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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Mon Nov 08 2021
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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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

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

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

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

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

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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Sun Jan 09 2022
4

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

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Reminds me of Tune Yards and Vampire Weekend in parts, that sort of 'New York, we all went to music college' indie. That said its got some really interesting bits particularly vocals wise and the album flowed nicely. Probs a 3.5 but will round up

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Too much for me, but great rhythm

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

Euphoric Pop. Great Production.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

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

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

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

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Mon Apr 11 2022
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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Sun Jun 19 2022
4

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

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

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

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Fri Jun 24 2022
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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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

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

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

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

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Fri Jul 29 2022
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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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

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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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

I was worried that this would be too cutesy-fartsy for my taste. While it did occasionally veer into cutesy-fartsy territory, it had enough substance that kept it really interesting and not annoying at all to me. I plan to listen to this again and explore more of their music. 4 stars.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Surprisingly fun and delightfully eclectic. Good for another listen someday

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Good album, weird riffs that were fun to listen to

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

Interesting, spacey, pretty and nice

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

4.6/5 Such a great album - the vocal stylings of the three leads are incredibly original and match arrangements that are fun and hard to predict. My favorite DP album, for sure

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

What an absolutely uncompromising album. By no way a clean and easy listen but it’s overflowing with complexity, ideas on the verge of collapsing under their own pretentiousness (a few exceptions actually falls flat) and creativity. Dirty Projectors are fighting to keep their avant-garde thoughts inside the framework of ordinary pop structures - and somehow they manage to get away with it. One of the few exceptions is the middle break of “Useful Chamber”, which consists of a weird beat and misplaced spoken words. The rest of the song is just explosive. This really had a hold on me from start till finish even though I never fully knew where I was about to be taken to next.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

this album is indie af and fits the time. good timing and guitar solos. maybe too clean at times, maybe too sweet at times. its good tho. its real good. love me some acappella vocals that lead to wild guitar solos and symphonic and anthemic head banger moments. kicks. hard.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

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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Tue Sep 01 2020
3

test

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

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

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Fri Sep 25 2020
3

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

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Mon Sep 21 2020
3

stop sprawling and start editing people

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Fri Feb 19 2021
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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Thu Oct 01 2020
3

Too fiddly for me

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Thu Nov 19 2020
3

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

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Wed Feb 03 2021
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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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

Interesting

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Wed Nov 11 2020
3

2009 indie

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Thu Nov 05 2020
3

3

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

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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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

Alright I guess

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Mon Mar 15 2021
3

Pretty good. A little odd at times but enjoyable.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
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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Thu Mar 11 2021
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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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

eh

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

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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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

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

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

n/a

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Sun May 30 2021
3

Rock experimental.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

Enjoyable but kinda weird and hectic

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

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

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Mon Jun 14 2021
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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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

3/5

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Decent!

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

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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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

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

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

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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Sun Apr 18 2021
3

I don’t know how I feel about this

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

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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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

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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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

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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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

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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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

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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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

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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Thu May 13 2021
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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Tue May 25 2021
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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Thu May 20 2021
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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Thu May 20 2021
3

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

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

Chill, nothing exciting but good.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

Alright

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

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

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Sat Jul 31 2021
3

// Favs: – Score: Light to Decent 3

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Mon Aug 09 2021
3

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

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Tue Aug 17 2021
3

Great harmonies with interesting music to go along with it

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

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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Fri Aug 20 2021
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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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

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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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

It's growing on me.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

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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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

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

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Mon Oct 04 2021
3

OK. Nothing out of the ordinary

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

Very enjoyable. Most likely a strong grower.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

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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Mon Nov 01 2021
3

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

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

Guter anspruchsvoller Pop

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

Cool, aber auch schwere Kost!

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Mon Nov 08 2021
3

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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Mon Nov 08 2021
3

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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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

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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Sun Dec 12 2021
3

That was fun!

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Mon Dec 13 2021
3

Upbeat joyous nonsense.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
3

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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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

pretty forgettable

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

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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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

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

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

Tuneyards, anyone?

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

Unexpected and easy to listen to.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

Interesante, bueno

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Sun Feb 06 2022
3

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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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

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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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

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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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

Okay

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

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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Mon Apr 11 2022
3

Weird but I liked it

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Mon Apr 11 2022
3

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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Wed May 11 2022
3

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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Thu May 26 2022
3

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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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

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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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

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

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

Beetje weird, maar ook niet vervelend.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

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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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

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

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Sun Jul 17 2022
3

3.75

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

Indie vibes

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

I’d heard of Dirty Projectors but never heard their music. Now I have, and I don’t know if I could describe what I heard. Is that good? Regardless, I enjoyed most of it, especially when it came to the syncopated chorale runs.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

delte meininga om dette likte eit par songar, men det var og nokon ganske plagsomme

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

I really love parts of this and then others get too experimental for my tastes and the noise rock aspects are overbearing. "Two Doves" was my favorite song from the album. Overall the bass was very good throughout the album.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Used to be a fan of this album, but I feel like it's a bit of a chore to listen to now and David Longstreath is a self-righteous prick.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

4th October 2022 Listened in the day while working from home. Chilled yoga in the evening. Vintage, angular, intelligent 00s indie.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

This was the most 2009 Williamsburg album to ever 2009 Williamsburg

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

My first thought about this is: I know I listened to this album about 15 times in 2009 & 2010. But I can't even remember what kind of music this was. It has left no lasting memory at all. And now that I've re-listened to it a couple of times over the last 2 days that feeling hasn't subsided. It's all pleasant music, I don't dislike listening to it. It's clever enough, musically, rhythmically and lyrically. Musically it's in the Indie style I loved back in the day (Yeasayer, TV On The Radio, the whole Brooklyn scene). But it doesn't do anything for me. It's passing me by. And I don't feel I need to listen to this again.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

Indoe hipster stuff, kind of disjointed.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
2

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

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Wed May 19 2021
2

not for me.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
2

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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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

Me

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Thu Apr 08 2021
2

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

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Tue Jun 22 2021
2

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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Sun May 23 2021
2

Creative, out there indie melodies, otherwise meh

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

nja...

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

"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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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

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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Fri May 28 2021
2

Wasn't that interested

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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

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

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Mon Apr 19 2021
2

Bad...

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Fri Mar 12 2021
2

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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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

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

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Mon Apr 19 2021
2

Not for me

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Mon May 03 2021
2

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

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Mon Jun 21 2021
2

too clever by half for me

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Wed May 19 2021
2

im not sure what that was

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Mon May 31 2021
2

Too eccentric for my taste.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
2

Bit weird

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Fri Jun 18 2021
2

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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Fri Jun 25 2021
2

meh

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