Bitte Orca

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June 03, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

On paper, none of the elements that went into this Brooklyn collective’s latest album, Bitte Orca, seem likely to complement one another. Melismatic R&B vocals layered over herky-jerky art-rock guitars? Hushed chamber-folk meditations that build to jarringly noisy crescendos? Somehow the band makes it work, though, pulling all those disparate sounds together in a unified style that’s all the more glorious for its strangeness. Lead single ”Stillness Is the Move,” in particular, deserves a permanent place in the barbecue playlists of those who like their summertime jams ?a little — well, a lot — weird. A?

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