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Bitte Orca, released in June.
The latest album from Dirty Projectors is
"Stillness Is the Move"
The Brooklyn-based experimental rock group Dirty Projectors is the brainchild of frontman and chief songwriter Dave Longstreth, who released his own first album, The Graceful Fallen Mango, in 2001, before formally creating the band that launched his career. The group has pushed its sound with each new release, creating concept albums ranging from an opera about Don Henley to a re-imagining of Black Flag songs written from memory. With each new album, Longstreth's style and cast of musicians has changed.
Longstreth and company released Bitte Orca in June, earning rave reviews from critics and fans. The new album continues the band's trademark experimentation, mixing traditional string arrangements with exploding drums, spidery guitars and boisterous keyboards. The band's evolving songwriting has helped make BItte Orca its best work to date. In their World Cafe debut, The Dirty Projectors' members discuss their new album, while Longstreth talks about his personal relationship with music.
This story originally ran July 17, 2009.