Dodos are a rare bird indeed
Celebrating a decade of swirling, atmospheric sounds based on a unique approach to shoegazing indie-rock, the Dodos sound as passionate as ever on their sixth studio album Individ. Rarely has a band made music this lush and enveloping with such a simple sonic palette: Most songs rely only on Meric Long’s dreamy vocals and intricate, semi-acoustic finger-picking and Logan Kroeber’s minimalist but colorful drumming. With the exception of an occasional cameo (Brigid Dawson of thee Oh Sees sings on “Pattern/Shadow,” filling the role here that Neko Case played on No Color in 2011), that’s it. But the duo shows no shortage of inspiration in mining these basic ingredients, compensating for the sometimes vague and impressionistic lyrics of songs such as “Bubble” and “Competition” with sweet vocal melodies, jangling guitars, and African-inspired rhythms that are never less than enchanting.
The Dodos, Individ (Polyvinyl)
Rating on the 4-star scale: 3 stars.