Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Why they matter: Bandleader David Longstreth, a Yale music-composition grad, combines everything from tribal African hollers to classical violins on his band's experimental new album, Bitte Orca.
You should know: Longstreth penned an experimental work for Bjork recently, and the two performed it at New York City's Housing Works Bookstore Café. Read a review here.
LISTEN: Dirty Projectors w/ Bjork live, "Mount Wittenberg Orca"
Over the course of her nearly decade-long career as Grouper, Liz Harris has become a master of all things overcast. Her ambient compositions and waterlogged ballads are like fogged-up windows — bleary enough to indicate the bleakness inside, but only its vaguest outlines. There’s suggestion of something heartbreaking, but its true shape remains occluded, unobtainable,… More »