Angel Deradoorian, known first and foremost as a member of Dirty Projectors, went solo recently. Here's a video of Angel performing "Moon," from her solo album, Mind Raft.
Angel Deradoorian has appeared in music magazines across the nation recently. That's her on the album cover of Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca, on the right, with the red translucent splotch across her face. She's been portrayed as a foot soldier in Dirtiest Projector Dave Longstreth’s war against traditional rock music, playing a number of instruments and singing in complex rhythms and harmonies.
She’s got her own thing going, too, though. Angel released a short album, Mind Raft, earlier this year under her last name (and for those wondering, it’s Armenian). Even though it was produced by Longstreth, the EP doesn’t sound like a spin-off. Deradoorian’s voice is unshackled from the Projectors’ complex multi-part vocal arrangements, and she sounds more soulful, even a bit goth. Also, the breezy time signatures are less likely to induce epileptic shock.
Angel appeared on WNYC's Soundcheck to perform songs from Mind Raft, along with her drummer (and brother) Aram Deradoorian, guitarist Matthew Million and bassist Mookie Singerman. Watch her video of the song “Moon” or listen to the whole show.