Dirty Projectors and Björk’s Mount Wittenberg Orca, their collaborative EP from 2010, is getting an expanded reissue this Saturday for Record Store Day via Domino. The new reissue features 20 bonus tracks of previously unreleased material—demos, rehearsal takes, and live tracks from a 2009 performance at the Manhattan book store Housing Works. Listen to a live at Housing Works take of “On and Ever Onward” below.
“Mount Wittenberg Orca might be my favorite thing from this chapter of Dirty Projectors,” David Longstreth said in a statement. “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. And as a basically live-in-studio album, it’s the only official release that shows how this lineup really cooked as a band.”
Longstreth continued: “The performances and engineering hold up really well. And, of course, 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, in its raw beauty, as well as the writing tapes and rehearsals that show how the whole thing came together. Thanks for listening.”
Read Pitchfork’s 2022 Cover Story “Björk: Mother, Daughter, Force of Nature.”