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the dirty projectors: live at the scala 13/09/09
September 20, 2009, 3:51 pm
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The Dirty Projectors / tUnE-yArDs
The Scala, London ••••
September 13, 2009

It has been a scant five months since The Dirty Projectors last visited London’s Scala. Over the season we whimsically refer to as summer they haven’t exactly conquered the music world, but they certainly have been busy. They have achieved critical acclaim; their vociferous fanbase has grown ever larger; they’ve composed a suite of songs for Icelandic diva Björk and performed them to a rapt New York audience; and experienced a car crash that was at first reported as having casualties. Throw in a busy festival schedule and it’s probably understandable that when they take the stage they look remarkably tired. Dave Longstreth and Amber Coffman, in particular, look almost skeletal under the Scala’s notorious terrible lighting.

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dirty projectors: bitte orca (2009)
June 8, 2009, 11:05 am
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Dirty Projectors
Bitte Orca ••••½

Woah, woah. Hang on. Hold up! Dirty Projectors is a bit male for Wears the Trousers, right? Well, it’s true that the band is the brainchild of Dave Longstreth. For a long time he ran the band as a revolving door of contributors, spitting out idiosyncratic albums that were invariably declared as the work of a genius, but lacking in popular appeal. This changed during the tour for 2005’s The Getty Address, with Longstreth settling into a permanent line-up that featured Amber Coffman and Angel Deradoorian. With Haley Dekle now also in the line-up, this makes the band majority female and eligible for review in Wears the Trousers. Lucky us!

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deradoorian: mind raft EP (2009)
June 3, 2009, 11:36 am
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Mind Raft EP •••½
Lovepump United

It’s probably no surprise that Angel Deradoorian — bassist for the acclaimed Dirty Projectors — took her surname to represent her solo material. Angel by itself would have suggested cutesy, girly pop, which Mind Raft most certainly is not. Rather, it’s unsurprisingly similar to the experimental, jagged sound that features on the Projectors’ latest album, Bitte Orca, out next week. Critics have been justifiably excited about the track that Angel fronts on that album, ‘Two Doves’, and have been talking up prospects of a larger solo career for her. It’s probably worth remembering, however, that ‘Two Doves’ is a Dirty Projectors track that Angel leads, rather than her own solo creation. Collaboratively, the band are currently striking a rich vein of form by balancing the vocal harmonies of Angel, Amber Coffman, and Haley Dekle against the Piacsso-esque arrangements and falsetto wail of frontman Dave Longstreth.

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