This post marks the third entry of a new feature here at Rhombus: the song of the day. In an effort to bring you great music, both local and otherwise, and fulfill our goal of helping you expand your musical horizons to include the best artists available, we will pass along one Rhombus-approved song each and every day for your listening pleasure (barring global catastrophe.) These entries will be shorter than our normal articles, but we will do our best to provide you with the context and reasoning behind why we feel the included song is worthwhile and/or relevant to you. That being said, we hope you come back every day to check out a new song and enjoy reading Rhombus as much as we enjoy writing it. — Steve Pierce, Editor
Dirty Projectors, “Cannibal Resource”
I’ll just throw this out there at the beginning: Dirty Projector’s might have made the best album of 2009 so far — and potentially of the whole year. Might. There’s some pretty stiff competition out there (Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavillion, Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest, Passion Pit’s Manners, etc.), but Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca is as good as any.
“Cannibal Resource” opens the aforementioned album with a big blast of fun and all-around awesomeness. The song features an off-kilter beat, jangly guitars and beautiful backing vocals that will “ooh” and “aah” their way right into your little brain and stay there. When it comes to the meaning of Dave Longstreth’s lyrics about “the arbitrary life,” your guess is as good as mine. Chances are I’ll never understand them, but that doesn’t mean this song won’t continue to karate chop me in the throat every time I hear it — in a good way.
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