Beautiful pop at every turn, from the opening hook – the first reverberating guitar notes dotted by talking bass the likes of a long legged bird in Cannibal Resource – to the urgently soulful closing capped by a harmonic organ-chorded spiritual revival in Fluorescent Half Dome, Dirty Projector’s brilliantly, just-enough-dischordant Bitte Orca compositions stop and start with delightfully alluring yet choppy vocals and outrageous time changes jerky enough to grab your attention by your most tender spot and require your active listening as though your life depended on gleaning nourishment from every last unpredictable note. All this housed within a wet, wet, wet fishbowl. Everything’s wet.
Stillness Is The Move [mp3] differs from the other tracks on the album. Close to halfway through, it’s techno-disco-r&b dancy with hot vocals by the girls and a smeared orchestral tail. Although the vocal alone is enough to make you ga-ga, in my estimation it doesn’t even come close to representing the grandeur of this Dirty Projectors project.
Angel’s voice wrapped around a lyrically juicy wet kiss plus occasionally warped guitar make Two Doves a heavenly knockout. A veritable jewelbox, Bitte Orca offers up 9 distinctively sparkling and peculiar pieces. I can’t listen to each song just once. Over and over continues to unpack something new. Bitte Orca is a loaded clown car of bright, neverending surprises.