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The two songs pick up right where Bitte Orca left off. 'Ascending Melody' possesses the Dirty Projectors' patented off-key-around-the-edges sound. As the ladies harmonize in the opening, it sounds as if a funk song is trying to break out- at least a Dirty Projectors version of a funk song. But it never quite materializes in funk-status. Instead, the song plays the same stretch again and again, deconstructing and re-imagining the pretty sound for us as lead-singer David Longstreth (pictured below) chimes in with vocals of his own.
'Emblem of the World' is a little more straight-forward, a quiet contemplation paced by the gentle-tapping of the drum, the light strumming of a guitar. In a nice way, the song never lifts off the ground. Instead it slowly taxis us around, thinking, watching and waiting... for what? How about another Dirty Projectors album?