Mind Raft EP

Lovepump United

Aug 14, 2009 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

It's too bad that Dirty Projectors singer and bassist Angel Deradoorian must have wanted her debut EP, Mind Raft, to go unnoticed, as she released it only a month before the Projectors' newest LP Bitte Orca. Throughout the modest five-track set, Deradoorian (she takes just her surname for the record) often plays off of clashing harmonies and stream-of-consciousness verses that evoke the EP's title and prove her talents as a solo artist.

The lyric-less opener "Weed Jam" uses layers of dissonant "ohhhs" and "aaahhhs" over a simple snare-and-cymbal pattern, while "You Carry The Deed" finds Deradoorian's velvety alto crooning with woodwinds with a soulful hum behind it. An effort five years in the making, Mind Raft is otherworldly, haunting, and soothing. It hopefully won't take as much time to see more from her. (

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