Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is “Stillness Is The Move” by Dirty Projectors from their recently released album Bitte Orca available on Domino Records.
Even if you don’t enjoy the music of Dave Longstreth’s shifting musical collective Dirty Projectors, you have to admire the sheer audacity of their albums amazing concepts. C’mon, The Getty Address is an album about The Eagle’s Don Henley, and Rise Above is a slew of Black Flag songs but as Dave Longstreth remembers them, not as they actually are. Now, Longstreth and crew have signed on to a semi-major, Domino Records, and with Bitte Orca have created possibly the most popular and accessible album of their career. Sure, there might not be a brilliant concept to draw the attention of media, but this is Dirty Projectors, all strings and warbling vocal accompaniments and shifting spurts of lo-fi production crammed into the framework of a more conventional pop song. This is Dirty Projectors for the masses, and damn it if I’m not fairly impressed by the band’s ability to switch gears and still maintain their sound. “Stillness Is The Move” sounds like a modern electronic pop song on the surface, a catchy, slightly fuzzy bit of pop goodness. But listen deeper and what you have is a complex, multi-layered bit of composition that’ll draw your ear to the speaker for hours, picking it apart measure by measure by measure.
Don’t miss Dirty Projectors when they’re in Seattle at Chop Suey on July 3. Check their MySpace page for more dates on the West Coast before they head over to Europe. For now, here’s the Projectors’ collaboration with David Byrne off the Dark Was The Night compilation: