Posted by: Captain Easychord | November 29, 2009

Free Music Sunday: Dirty Projectors – Stillness Is The Move

Now that we’re past Thanksgiving and into the home stretch of 2009, ’tis the season for taking a look back at the year that was.  One band that you’ll see on so many “Best of 2009” lists is the Dirty Projectors [m] [w], whose album Bitte Orca has been drawing raves ever since it was released.

Now if you’re like me, you’ll use these lists as a springboard to find new music, see what you’ve missed this year, etc.  And when you see critical acclaim pouring in from everywhere, that’s probably a good indication that the music is worth your time.  Well fear not my readers, I’ve already checked out the Dirty Projectors for you and I can confidently tell you… to find something else to listen to.  Simply put, their music sounds like it’s 90% flourish. If it were a cupcake, it would be all icing.  Now icing may be tasty and important, but you don’t want too much of it.

Having said that, it’s also true that sometimes even a band that doesn’t do much for me can make its formula work nicely for just one song.  In this case, I have to give the Dirty Projectors props for one track.  “Stillness Is The Move” is a jam.  It’s easy to listen to it and hear hints of what makes the rest of the group’s work so annoying, but they manage to keep it in check here enough to make you imagine that the band could put out an entire album worth of stuff that strikes the delicate balance.  Only they didn’t.

You won’t be missing anything special if you pass over the Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca, but do go get “Stillness Is The Move” from KEXP and appreciate it as a nice little nugget of indie rock goodness.  Enjoy!

 

 

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