Olga Bell is a Russian-born singer and composer and is 17% of the Dirty Projectors. ¬†The cover art alone will tell you that this is an album dedicated to Olga’s Russian roots. ¬†Weeping violins fade into Russian acapellas with a vulnerable¬†melancholy as a traditional Russian drum beat marches forward, but Olga marries these traditional sounds with a very progressive and modern approach. ¬†You can hear the harmonies that Olga adds to the Dirty Projectors, like the savage howls at the chorus end of “The Gun Has No Trigger”¬†from their most recent album Swing Lo Magellan.
Undoubtedly, this will be a challenging listen to an ear bred on contemporary indie music and pop, but similarly to Dirty Projectors’ albums, it will reward your will to be weird. ¬†Patience is a strong requirement.
Even if this isn’t your cup of vodka, it will at least¬†prove Olga Bell’s significant¬†influence on the off-kilter sound of the Dirty Projectors.
Stream the entire album for a limited time HERE.
Comes with double foil-stamped sleeve and a booklet with all lyrics in Russian and English as well as a map of Russia highlighting the krais featured on the album. Printed on red, 140-160g vinyl. Co-released by New Amsterdam Records and One Little Indian Records. Cover lettering art by Jessica Hische.
Pre-order includes immediate download of 1 track in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more), plus unlimited mobile access using the free Bandcamp listening app. You'll also get the complete album the moment it‚Äôs released.
digital album releases 29 April 2014
item ships out on or around 15 May 2014
edition of 500
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive