Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca: Album Art, Tour Dates, Live Songs

An exciting year for independent music releases just got another infusion of awesome. Most bar chats and twitter RTs have cited the Grizzly Bear/Animal Collective axis for 2009’s likely blockbusters, and for good reason, but reserve a slot near the top of the year-end list you’ve already compiled: Dirty Projectors are putting out their fifth full-length, and it could be a monster. Bitte Orca follows the triumph of Rise Above, Dave Longstreth’s remembered, impressionistic, avant-rock take on Black Flag’s classic Damaged LP. That last album’s touring lineup has been good for a band that’s historically comprised a revolving cast orbiting around principle and permanent Projector Longstreth, so it’s wise he kept it in tact for these Brooklyn/Portland, OR studio sessions: Next to Dave it’s Brian McComber on drums, Amber Chase and Angel Deradoorian on guitar and bass (respectively) and seraphic supplementary vocals (collectively). This is them on the cover:

(via P4K)

Starting to detect a Dirty Projectors pictures theme.

UPDATE: And that theme is a Slaves’ Graves & Ballads reprise (thanks, Rich):

Bitte Orca will have nine tracks:

01 “Cannibal Resource”
02 “Temecula Sunrise”
03 “The Bride”
04 “Stillness Is The Move”
05 “Two Doves”
06 “Useful Chamber”
07 “No Intention”
08 “Remade Horizon”
09 “Fluorescent Half Dome”

Two of them we’ve been hearing live since MHOW last April: “Temecula Sunrise,” and “Stillness Is The Move” (assuming that’s a new name for then-titled “That’s My Move” (UPDATE: It’s not.). On first listen they seemed to pick up where the band’s snaking, thrashing, and spiraling Rise Above sound left off, shifting into sunnier, poppier territory. This is what they sounded like in April ’08:

“Temecula Sunrise”

“Stillness Is The Move” “That’s My Move”

Bodes well. Bitte Orca is out 6/9 on Domino. In related news, 6/9 can’t get here soon enough. That’ll be preceded by first single “Stillness Is The Move” on 4/21, available digitally and on 12″, including an a cappella mix (smart), a Lucky Dragons remix, and two b-sides: “Wave The Bloody Shirt” and “Bitte Bitte Orca.” Until then, bide your time with Angel Deradoorian’s solo EP, or the DP’s David Byrne collab for Dark Was The Night, or their cover of “Hyper-Ballad” from our tribute to Björk’s Post, or just feverishly re-read this Progress Report. They say the album is about Plaxico Burress (the album is not about Plaxico Burress).

Finally, there will be a tour, and it will see the band jump to a sextet, adding Haley Dekle (vocals) and Rise Above’s studio bassist (and worthy solo artist) Nat Baldwin. And that’s fresh. Here are the dates. Don’t play games — buy your tix asap.

02/27 – Bennington, VT @ Bennington College Student Center *
02/28 – Haverford, PA @ Lunt Basement
03/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ Walker Art Center
03/07 – Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College Gardner Lounge
03/19 – Austin, TX @ The Parish (NPR SXSW party)
03/19 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Annex (Windish Agency SXSW showcase)
03/20 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Jr. (Pitchfork/Windish party)
03/21 – Austin, TX (SXSW)
03/24 – Nottingham, England @ Rescue Rooms #
03/25 – Cardiff, Wales @ Clwb Ifor Bach #
03/27 – Belfast, Ireland @ Black Box #
03/28 – Dublin, Ireland @ Crawdaddy #
03/29 – Glasgow, Scotland @ ABC2 #
03/31 – Brighton, England @ Komedia #
04/01 – Manchester, England @ Mint Lounge #
04/02 – London, England @ Scala #
04/03 – Bristol, England @ Arnolfini #
04/04 – Coventry, England @ Taylor Johns House #
* with Icy Demons
# with Lucky Dragons, Polar Bear

[Photo by Nina Mouritzen]