Beautiful song, beautiful album, beautiful concept.
You can read the lyrics and narrative for each song in the booklet with the LP, or on the website (scroll right and click the top blue cross). The narrative provides an added layer of depth to the material, though it can stand on it’s own out of context.
A note from Dave Longstreth on the release:
In April 2009, Brandon Stosuy from Stereogum.com asked me if we wanted to play a benefit concert at a bookstore in New York. I said yes. He asked Björk the same thing, and she said yes. Then he asked us if we wanted to collaborate, and we said yes. Björk asked me what we should do, and I said, “I don’t know, I guess I’d really love to write a bunch of new songs for us to sing together?” And she said Yes.
That same month, Amber from Dirty Projectors was walking along a ridge on Mount Wittenberg, north of San Francisco. She was looking out at the ocean and saw a little family of whales, as you sometimes do in April on the Northern California coast. I wrote some songs about it and sent them to Björk, who agreed to sing the part of the mom whale. The songs became Mount Wittenberg Orca. Amber and Angel and Haley sang the part of the kid whales, and I sang the part of Amber. We sang all week long and learned the music just in time to perform it at the bookstore on May 8th.
Then our album Bitte Orca came out and we went on tour forever. We finally got a chance to record Wittenberg last month, almost exactly a year after we first sang it. We went into the Rare Book Room in Brooklyn and rehearsed it for three days, then we recorded it as quickly and as live as possible. We only overdubbed lead vocals and a guitar solo.
We’ve decided to give away all the money that Wittenberg generates to the project of creating international marine protected areas. Only 1% of the oceans are protected in any way and this is a huge problem. We’re working with the National Geographic Society to create areas of sustainability, so the oceans don’t end up like a giant poisonous corpse hugging the continents. You can learn more about this project here and here and here and here.
We’re so psyched about how this recording came out and hope you are too. Don’t listen on those tinny computer speakers — put in on the stereo and blast dat shiiiiiiiiii!!
— David Longstreth
Ah yes, the types of things I get into while I should be sleeping. I should never start listening to this album after midnight… or accessing tumblr.
Getting seriously excited for this album. Also very glad that I pre-ordered the vinyl.
More new material:
The Socialites (live on KEXP)
Offspring Are Blank (live on KEXP)
Hi Custodian (film trailer)
Last one, a nice acoustic rendition of Temecula Sunrise.
‘Temecula Sunrise’ by Dirty Projectors on Q TV (by Qtv)
One of my favorites from one of their earlier albums.
Dirty Projectors - Unmoved (by PorroFirst)
An oldie but a goodie…
Dirty Projectors - A Take Away Show, Part I (by LaBlogotheque)