Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca (4 stars)

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Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

Don’t be misled by their boffin-esque rock tag: Brooklyn’s Dirty Projectors may meld and dissect musical genres from hardcore and gospel to afro-beat and R&B, but their analytical riffage and bookish poly-rhythms are amplified by a pure pop heart.
Bitte Orca – the follow-up to 2007’s excellent Black Flag homage, Rise Above – sees lead crooner, ‘musical director’ and aural non-conformist David Longstreth conjoin the legacies of Talking Heads, Outkast, Aaliyah, Prince and Joanna Newsom.
The album’s sucker-punch, however, is in ‘Stillness is the Move’: a fractured soul psalm wherein guitarist/vocalist Amber Coffman emerges as alt.rock’s answer to Mariah Carey.

(Domino)

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