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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.

Customer Reviews

Better than Time To Die, similar to Visiter

The Dodos have really started to mature and find consistency with their sound in this album. This is definitely way better than their last, and could be as good as Visiter was. The first five songs are very up beat with the next three adding a somber mood. The last two tracks increase tempo again and finish off a great album for a great two man band.

Standout Tracks: Black Night, Sleep, Don't Stop, and All Night

Tidy

Their sound is crisp, clean and fresh. Not too folky, very agreeable and nostalgic. The heavy percussion and strings marry each other well to make great melodic babies. Some dance tunes, some morning making watercrest sandwich tunes. Vocals are very boyish good looks sounding. All around delightful. Worth the download for sure.

Gorgeous

Amazing album; they're back!

Biography

Formed: 2005 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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