Everything made before this year by experimental noise-rock group Dirty Projectors has been completely irritating, unlistenable and musically insulting. Dave Longstreth’s endeavor seemed only interested in confusing and terrifying its audience with nightmarish song constructions—of course, art clowns everywhere embraced such offensiveness and gave the band a career. However—and with those preceding notes a pretty big however—Dirty Projectors have seemed to change the game with this year’s wonderful “Bitte Orca,” a record that’s more accessible (though that’s not saying much) and even musical, showing pop experimentation that’s actually creative and not one big jerk-off. The original structuring—fronted by Longstreth’s chic vocal delivery, his emotive guitar work and some electrifying, if a bit jumbled, drumming—makes for a pristine new-millennium rock record, adventurous enough to elicit weekly listens for a long, long while. Here’s hoping the band keeps it up and doesn’t devolve back into its old ways. (tom Lynch)
Dirty Projectors play November 13 at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake, (312)929-2022, at 9pm.