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Dirty Projectors and Bjork collab

Dirty Projectors and Björk unveil previously unreleased track "On and Ever Onward"

18 April 2023, 14:10 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Ahead of the release of the expanded edition of their long out-of-print 2010 EP Mount Wittenberg Orca as a Record Store Day Exclusive double LP, Dirty Projectors and Björk unveil a previously unheard track.

Dirty Projectors’ bandleader David Longstreth wrote the original seven-song collection to be performed unamplified in a small Manhattan bookstore called Housing Works, inspired by a conversation between himself and Björk about the small theatres in Italy where opera was born in the 1500s.

The new expanded edition adds 13 bonus tracks of never-before-released material, including the live Housing Works performance from 2009, early demos of Mount Wittenberg Orca and archival audio of the band and Björk rehearsing the material.

On the special release “On and Ever Onward (Live From Housing Works 2009)”, Björk and Dave Longstreth share lead vocals with Dirty Projectors' singers Amber Coffman, Angel Deradoorian and Haley Dekle adding 3-part vocal harmonies.

Speaking of the release, Longstreth says: “Mount Wittenberg Orca might be my favorite thing from this chapter of Dirty Projectors. It feels like sort of a dark horse in the catalog. Which I guess is kinda funny, considering it’s a collaborative record with Björk. We were overwhelmed with the hype around the band at the time and purposely under-messaged it. But I love these songs.

Björk elevates us to a different level of protean majesty. I remember being spontaneously in tears during her vocal takes for “Sharing Orb”. I’m also excited to share the original Housing Works show".


Side A

  1. Ocean
  2. On and Ever Onward
  3. When the World Comes to an End
  4. Beautiful Mother

Side B

  1. Sharing Orb
  2. No Embrace
  3. All We Are

Side C

  1. Intro (Live from Housing Works 2009)
  2. Ocean (Live from Housing Works 2009)
  3. On and Ever Onward (Live from Housing Works 2009)
  4. When The World Comes To An End (Live from Housing Works 2009)
  5. Beautiful Mother (Live from Housing Works 2009)
  6. Sharing Orb (Live from Housing Works 2009)
  7. No Embrace (Live from Housing Works 2009)
  8. All We Are (Live from Housing Works 2009)

Side D

  1. Wave Invocation (MWO I Inverness Demo)
  2. Motherwhale Song (MWO II Inverness Demo)
  3. Whale Watcher Song (MWO III Inverness Demo)
  4. Fugal Swim (MWO IV Inverness Demo)
  5. First Duet (MWO V Inverness Demo)
  6. Migration (Unfinished MWO VI Inverness Demo)
  7. Jubilation (MWO VII Inverness Demo)
  8. Benediction (MWO VIII Inverness Demo)
  9. When the World Comes To An End (Freewrite Demo)
  10. When the World Comes To An End (Vocalise Rehearsal Rough)
  11. Beautiful Mother (Vocalise Rehearsal Rough)
  12. On and Ever Onward (Full Rehearsal Rough)

Mount Wittenberg Orca (Expanded Edition) is available on 22 April as a Record Store Day Exclusive 2xLP.

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