Well, this should be interesting.
Dirty Projectors -- the band that crafted arguably the most musically complex and innovatory albums of 2009 in their magnum opus Bitte Orca - is back at it again. This time, though, they're getting a little help from none other than Bjork, as they're releasing a collaboration album called Mount Wittenberg Orca. We have Stereogum to thank for this musical gathering of the minds.
You may think that this is quite an awkward pairing, but the mutual admiration between the two groups is so great ... and it shows in the songs. No one person takes over a certain song, and the vocal harmonies are complex, tight, and beautiful.
"In April 2009, Brandon Stosuy from Stereogum.com asked me if we wanted to play a benefit concert at a bookstore in New York. I said yes." Dirty Projector frontman Dave Longstreth says. "He asked Björk the same thing, and she said yes. Then he asked us if we wanted to collaborate, and we said yes. Björk asked me what we should do, and I said, I don't know, I guess I’d really love to write a bunch of new songs for us to sing together?” And she said yes."
And so it was. On May 8, 2009, Bjork and Dirty Projectors introduced their new project to the world at the Housing Works bookstore in New York City, replete with rich vocal harmonies to drive the music along.
This all came together when Amber Coffman was whale watching in Spring 2009 in northern California. Mount Wittenberg Orca is a re-imagining of that single moment, when humanity and nature coexist and thrive together. They're doing this up with the National Geographic Society, so all proceeds from the sale of this album will go towards the creation of international marine protected areas. Nice!
Mount Wittenberg Orca will be released by Domino Records on June 30th.
Mount Wittenberg Orca Track List
02 On and Ever Onward
03 When the World Comes to an End
04 Beautiful Mother
05 Sharing Orb
06 No Embrace
07 All We Are