10 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In what is best described as aggressive folk, the Dodos focus on galloping, intricate drum patterns, sudden tempo changes, and slyly shifting guitar parts on their adventurous fourth release. For No Color, the trio of Meric Long (guitar, piano, vocals), Logan Kroeber (drums), and Keaton Snyder (vibraphone, percussion) is joined by Neko Case who adds backing vocals on five of the tracks and whose contributions are understated yet important, particularly on “Sleep” and “Don’t Try and Hide It.” At its best, the album straddles a carefully crafted line between frenetic power and delicacy, as if one false move could steer Kroeber’s crisp polyrhythms into head-on collisions that would stop all momentum. Maintaining a breathless pace that rarely lets up, dynamic standouts “Black Night,” “Going Under,” “Good,” and “Companions” are textured with strings and Long’s impressive guitar playing, which alternates between manic finger-picking and complicated strumming. Vigorous and brisk, No Color is anything but.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In what is best described as aggressive folk, the Dodos focus on galloping, intricate drum patterns, sudden tempo changes, and slyly shifting guitar parts on their adventurous fourth release. For No Color, the trio of Meric Long (guitar, piano, vocals), Logan Kroeber (drums), and Keaton Snyder (vibraphone, percussion) is joined by Neko Case who adds backing vocals on five of the tracks and whose contributions are understated yet important, particularly on “Sleep” and “Don’t Try and Hide It.” At its best, the album straddles a carefully crafted line between frenetic power and delicacy, as if one false move could steer Kroeber’s crisp polyrhythms into head-on collisions that would stop all momentum. Maintaining a breathless pace that rarely lets up, dynamic standouts “Black Night,” “Going Under,” “Good,” and “Companions” are textured with strings and Long’s impressive guitar playing, which alternates between manic finger-picking and complicated strumming. Vigorous and brisk, No Color is anything but.

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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

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