AMN Picks of the Week

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended. Don’t take the categories too seriously.

Shurdut, Jeffrey Hayden – Computer Music (2009, free jazz)
Shurdut, Jeffrey Hayden – All the Things You Are (2009, free jazz)
Essl, Karlheinz / Klaus Burger – ESSL.BURGER Live (2009, improv)
Dirty Projectors, The – Bitte Orca (2009, avant-rock)
Fully Celebrated Orchestra, The – Lapis Exilis (2005, free jazz)
Fully Celebrated Orchestra, The – Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones (2009, free jazz)
Quartet Offensive – Carnivore (2009, avant jazz/rock)
Monty Adkins – Five Panels (2009, classical / electronic)
M.B. (Maurizio Bianchi) – A M.B. Lehn Tale (2009, electroacoustic)

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Bjork and Dirty Projectors – Musical Ambitions Overflow

An odd pairing is reivewed:

The music was quiet: just voices and modestly amplified acoustic instruments. But the songs were hugely complex and ambitious, announcing their destination in the lyrics: “on and on and ever onward.”

Bjork was collaborating on a suite of six very new songs with Dirty Projectors, the New York City band led by David Longstreth. They had been brought together by Brandon Stosuy, from the music blog Stereogum.com, who supervised a Bjork tribute album and found they admired each other. No wonder: they could be musical cousins, although their songs head in different directions. Mr. Longstreth’s leaping, suddenly swelling vocal lines clearly show Bjork’s influence. And his music’s blend of classical and progressive-rock intricacy, pointillistic backup singing and West African picking patterns rightly appeals to the equally eclectic Bjork.

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Dirty Projectors Profiled

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Drowned in Sound discusses the avant-rock band Dirty Projectors.

Within minutes of meeting Dave Longstreth he’s carelessly cooing a Ne-Yo song as everyone else settles down around him. Weigh his wavering avant-garde up however you like, all these ears are hearing that’s akin to his broken songbird croon is Parades-era Prince. Last month it was Green Gartside’s white boy soul. Before that, Arthur Russell. It goes some way to illustrating how difficult it is to pin him and his Dirty Projectors down.

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