Bjork‘s dressed up as a swan, but she’s never appeared in a whale costume (at least to our knowledge). On record, though, some of the songs she makes could sound pretty… um… whale-ish.
Dirty Projectors frontman Dave Longstreth has a similar obsession with weird vocal melodies and harmonies, so it’s only fitting that Bjork and Dirty Projectors have released a collaborative album about… whales.
Mount Wittenberg Orca was born out of a conversation between Longstreth and Bjork about the Italian theatres that hosted the first opera performances in the 1500s. It was originally written as a simple, acoustic composition to be performed unplugged in a New York City bookstore, and was inspired by real events on California’s Mt. Wittenberg.
Bjork and Dirty Projectors recorded the 21-minute album at Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Rare Book Room after rehearsing for three days.
You can buy Mount Wittenberg Orca now through the album’s website, and proceeds will go to the National Geographic Society Oceans Project. It comes with full cover art and liner info, and is available for a donation of seven bones, $25, $50 or $100 U.S.
Dirty Projectors are on the road this summer supporting last year’s Bitte Orca, and you can see them here:
July 9 Balado, Scotland @ Balado Airfield (T In The Park)
July 10 Eadestown, Ireland @ Punchestown Racecourse (Oxegen)
July 12 Lyon, France @ Les Nuits De Fourviere Festival
July 14 Cartagena, Spain @ La Mar De Musicas
July 15 Benicassim, Spain @ Festival Internacional De Benicassim
July 17 Grafenhainichen, Germany @ Ferropolis (Melt! Festival)
July 18 Blythburgh, England @ Henham Park (Latitude Festival)
July 30 Niigata, Japan @ Naeba Ski Resort (Fuji Rock Festival)
Aug. 5 Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
Aug. 6 Chicago, IL @ Grant Park (Lollapalooza)
Sept. 7 Washington, DC @ 9:30
Sept. 8 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theatre
Sept. 11 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Sept. 13 Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
Sept. 14 Montreal, QC @ Le National
Sept. 15 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
Sept. 19 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Sept. 23 Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
Sept. 24 Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
Sept. 25-26 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Sept. 28-29 Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theatre
Sept. 30 Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
Here’s what’s on Mount Wittenberg Orca:
"On And Ever Onward"
"When The World Comes To An End"
"All We Are"