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Mount Wittenberg Orca

Dirty Projectors & Bjork

Mount Wittenberg Orca

Seven-track self-recorded experimental folk mini album, initially available only digitally, the result of a collaborative project for charity

ADM rating[?]

7.3

Label
Domino / Self Release
UK Release date
30/06/2010
  1. 9.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    If emotional directness was the end goal, keeping the bells and whistles out of the music was a smart move. With minimal guitar, percussion, and upright bass, the music is immediate and incisive
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  2. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    An engaging, deeply felt and often startlingly beautiful record that packs in more substance to its brief running time than most acts manage across hour-long endurance test albums
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  3. 8.5 |   BBC

    What on paper sounds like a psychedelics-drenched concept album from 1969 works gloriously in practice
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  4. 8.4 |   Earbuddy

    A brilliant exercise in universal tragedy made for the internet era
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  5. 8.2 |   Beats Per Minute

    In all the ways the Dirty Projectors past albums seemed contrived, but often brilliantly so, this EP feels unfiltered and spontaneous
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  6. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Certainly the most vital Dirty Projectors have ever sounded. Perhaps it’s the thrill of working with such a strong character, or perhaps it’s just the natural progression of their songwriting, but they’re on finer form than ever before
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  7. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    A compelling suite of songs inspired by the California whale-watching adventures of Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman
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  8. 8.0 |   The Independent

    A fascinating evocation of Orcan existence, implicitly acknowledging the entire planet as a home
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  9. 8.0 |   The Independent

    A fascinating evocation of Orcan existence
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  10. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Just when you thought Bjork had plumbed and conquered every depth and summit of her range, Dirty Projectors have shepherded her to newer pastures. Print edition only

  11. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    20 minutes of music that sounds more dressed-down than anything Björk or Dirty Projectors have put out before
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  12. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    That Mount Wittenberg Orca is an acquired taste goes without saying. Yet no one else makes music like this
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  13. 7.0 |   music OMH

    There’s some fabulous ideas and real musical virtuosity on show here, but they haven’t been given enough time and attention to fully realise their potential
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  14. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    That Mount Wittenberg Orca is an acquired taste goes without saying. Yet no one else makes music like this
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  15. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    An effective conceptual piece of moving rhetoric that plays to Bjork and The Dirty Pojectors strengths and nuances; suffused with touching swells and beautiful enveloping melodies
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  16. 7.0 |   Rave Magazine

    A lovely little gem from a bunch of whip-smart musicians
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  17. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Print edition only

  18. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    So it’s not that this showcases a lack of talent, but that it more so showcases a collaboration doing little with what it has available to them
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  19. 6.0 |   Eye Weekly

    An interesting concept album about whales, but hardly the most impressive work from either artist
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  20. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Mount Wittenberg Orca could be [an attempt] at a from-memory version of Björk’s Medúlla, only with Björk on hand, and not enough time to finish
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  21. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    Björk's elemental vocals are more the icing on Dirty Projectors' concept ... though her a capella album Medulla has clearly been an influence
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