Boomkat Product Review:
The first thing to point out about Deradoorian is that it's the solo project (and indeed surname) of Dirty Projectors vocalist Angel. It'd be a cheap ploy to say that this EP serves as a great appendix to Bitte Orca, but in all fairness, when you're taking breaks from spinning the DP's magnum opus, this seems like a fittingly on-topic receptacle for your affections - not least because David Longstreth himself takes an 'executive producer' role on the project, contributing instrumental performances here and there. At five songs and twenty-two minutes in length the EP certainly doesn't outstay its welcome, but as an opening gambit from Deradoorian it demonstrates ample creative range, opening up all manner of possibilities for what direction she might head in for a full-length. With its soulful, quasi R&B vocals, staccato string punctuation and heavy, shuffling electronic beats, Mind Raft is a ravishingly ornate song suite from the get-go. Encroaching dangerously on Wavves' turf, the opening cut is titled 'Weed Jam', but far from being a Nathan Williams stoner-scuzz anthemette, the piece transpires to be a strangely devotional sounding choral dub outing. It features some intoxicatingly pure harmonisation coupled with a shadowy drum break that only adds to the airy, church-like aura of the piece. A great start, but better yet is 'High Road', whose electronic bass plunges and bloopy rhythms find a stark counterpoint in jabbing, scrupulously economical string arrangements. Adding some soulful acoustic textures to the sequence 'You Carry The Deed' is a comparatively pared down affair, but breathy horn drones emerge at the death to add some avant-garde intrigue. Once again a tape-echo dub influence arises for the towering beats of 'Holding Pattern' (which fleshes out with Kevin Shields-esque arcs of fuzz for extra heft) and EP closer 'Moon', ushering this compelling set to its tantalising conclusion all too soon. Highly recommended.