14 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In this stunning follow-up to the Dodos’ humble (by comparison) debut Beware of the Maniacs, Logan Kroeger attacks the drums more ferociously and Meric Long is unafraid to let his talented fingers take on some complex guitar work, while pianos and other stringed instruments (plus some gentle distortion and reverb) fill the spaces other duos might leave open. The soft gallop and toy pianos of “Red and Purple” and fuzzy slide guitar on “Paint the Rust” are some of the little treasures the listener comes across on Visiter,  while the stark acoustic guitar and bare drums on tracks like “Eyelids” serve as palate cleansers. The song “Fools” is a spectacular display of the new take on folk-pop in the indie-rock world, with Long’s voice holding onto a roiling lyric melody and his hands furiously strumming an acoustic guitar, while Kroeger’s sticks keep time on the rims and his bass tom stomps wildly. The everything-but-the-kitchen sink approach on “Joe’s Waltz” not only works, but serves as the heart of Visiter, from which the life-blood of every other track pumps.  Neo-folkie Laura Gibson contributes vocals to several songs.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In this stunning follow-up to the Dodos’ humble (by comparison) debut Beware of the Maniacs, Logan Kroeger attacks the drums more ferociously and Meric Long is unafraid to let his talented fingers take on some complex guitar work, while pianos and other stringed instruments (plus some gentle distortion and reverb) fill the spaces other duos might leave open. The soft gallop and toy pianos of “Red and Purple” and fuzzy slide guitar on “Paint the Rust” are some of the little treasures the listener comes across on Visiter,  while the stark acoustic guitar and bare drums on tracks like “Eyelids” serve as palate cleansers. The song “Fools” is a spectacular display of the new take on folk-pop in the indie-rock world, with Long’s voice holding onto a roiling lyric melody and his hands furiously strumming an acoustic guitar, while Kroeger’s sticks keep time on the rims and his bass tom stomps wildly. The everything-but-the-kitchen sink approach on “Joe’s Waltz” not only works, but serves as the heart of Visiter, from which the life-blood of every other track pumps.  Neo-folkie Laura Gibson contributes vocals to several songs.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
209 Ratings
209 Ratings
music soup ,

The Best Album Of 2008 is already here.

I first saw The Dodo's (then known as Dodo Bird) over a year ago in Los Angeles when they opened for Adem at Tangier. I had never heard of them, I knew nothing, but was instantly blown away. I've been to a million shows, I've seen a billion bands I've never heard of before, and to this day The Dodos are still the only unknown band whose album I purchased at the show immediately following the set. A first and only for me.

Over the last year, I've become aquaintances with Meric and Logan. I've seen them now 6 times, and I still feel the same excitement as when I first saw them. I go to their shows thinking about the people who've never seen them before, and how their minds are going to be blown once the guys start playing. These guys fill me with such emotions that I literally want to explode.

Beware of the Maniacs was my #2 album last year, close on the tail of Maserati. It was perfection. Totally familiar, but completely unique, and exactly what I'd been looking for.

Visiter is easily the best album I've heard so far this year, and will likely stay that way. I imagine it's hard to be as impressed with The Dodo's without seeing them live. So do yourself the favor, listen to both records, and go see them live. They will quickly become one of the best recorded and live acts you will ever see.

ChewingGumForTheEars ,

Fantastic Pop Folk

I had never heard of these guys until a couple days ago when I found this CD streaming on the internet. The sense of melody and the unique combination of guitar and drums immediately struck me. This album is quite an accomplishment for these two musicians.

The CD as a whole is quite long, which can make an album difficult to listen to all at once. Luckily, the Dodos switch up the tempo and style of their songs to make it much more interesting. Not every track succeeds completely, and I do think some could use a trim, but this is worth checking out if you like indie folk music.

Favorite Tracks: "Walking," "Red and Purple," "Winter," and "The Season"

matttttt] ,

Incredible Sophomore Album

The Dodos do not dissapoint! From Beware of the Maniacs to Visiter, this album couldn't have been a better follow-up. Each track is rich with the same fingerpicking skills and drum beats that you originally fell in love with. The vocals have become even more rich, with female backing vocals featured in some tracks to add variation to the same two-piece formula.

This is not an album to be missed for anyone who appreciates The Dodo's talent.

About The Dodos

Originally formed in 2006 as Dodobird by multi-instrumentalist Meric Long, unpredictable San Francisco indie rock duo the Dodos acquired their new moniker with the arrival of Logan Kroeber, a fellow West Coast artist whose penchant for experimental drumming and progressive metal melded perfectly with Long's interest in West African Ewe drumming and country blues fingerpicking. The Dodos independently released their debut album, Beware of the Maniacs, that same year, followed by Visiter in 2008. Long and Kroeber added electric vibraphonist Keaton Snyder to the fold and collaborated with producer Phil Ek on 2009's Time to Die, which found the trio exploring a more fleshed-out sound. For 2011's No Color, the band recruited Neko Case as a supporting vocalist and returned to its Visiter-era approach. The following year they were left in shock by the news of the sudden death of touring member Chris Reimer (also of Canadian outfit Women), who passed away in his sleep. This led Long and Kroeber to reassess the entire band, and for Long in particular, the way he approached songwriting and his guitar work. Their fifth record, Carrier, was released in 2013. Two years later, the band returned with Individ, a set of songs recorded shortly after Carrier that focused on Visiter-like interplay between Long and Kroeber. ~ James Christopher Monger

ORIGIN
San Francisco, CA
FORMED
2005

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