05/08/09 Cake Shop NY
05/08/09 Bell House Brooklyn, NY
05/08/09 Housing Works Bookstore Cafe with Bjork, Kurt Wiseman NY*
05/22/09 Fox Theater Oakland, CA* +
05/23/09 Roseland Portland, OR* +
05/25/09 Malkin Bowl Vancouver, BC* +
05/27/09 Edmonton Event Center AB* +
05/28/09 Macewan Hall Calgary, AB* +
05/29/09 Louis’ Pub Saskatoon, SK* +
05/30/09 Burton Winnipeg, MB* +
06/02/09 Sound Academy Toronto, ON* +
06/03/09 Metropolis Montreal, PQ* +
06/04/09 House Of Blues Boston, MA* +
06/05/09 Central Pk Summerstage NY* +
06/06/09 Metro Gallery Baltimore, MD* +
06/08/09 930 Club Washington, DC +
06/10/09 National Richmond, VA* +
06/11/09 Amos’ Southend , NC* +
*as part of Dirty Projectors
+ with TV on the Radio
This eccentric mix of harmonies and melodies is interesting, but it seems to me that she's experimenting and trying to find her own direction. I mean, it's probably hard to break out from the shadow of heady ex-Yale student Dave Longstreth, but I think Deradoorian is doing a good job on her solo debut EP.
"High Road" is the most interesting and dense song, with ton of layers and odd sound effects from deep pounding percussions to quick/half-played violin bursts, but it follows one of the more simple "Weed Jam", a song with a very harmonic vocals and drums song.
You can see her R&B influences as you listen to "You Carry the Deed", however the appearance of the horns towards the end shifts it into a strange song.
My favorite song on the EP is "Moon". This song is just great. It's simple acoustic-playing with Deradoorian's descriptive lyrics and celtic-ish singing makes the song sounds like it's from middle-ages.
These are serious songs - despite the fact that based on her 'space pictures, Deradoorian looks like quite a lot of fun. I mean, what do you expect from someone who wants to be the next John Oates?
Mind Raft EP is out now on Lovepump United Records, I have listed Dirty Projectors' tour dates, as I am assuming she's going to be playing bass live with them. It's interesting to note that they are going to be playing with Bjork, on the 8th, because they have long admired her (they covered her song "Hyperballad" last year).