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Album Review

There's probably not too much about Wolves and Wishes that fans of electronic sound collagist Martin Dosh will find surprising. His fourth release picks up right about where 2006's The Lost Take left off, utilizing a revolving door of notable guest artists to augment his consistent sonic palette, which becomes slightly more focused and engaging each time around. As usual, Dosh — first and foremost an expert percussionist — puts complex rhythm patterns at the forefront of his compositions, whether they be the steadfast beat that drives album opener "Don't Wait for the Needle to Drop," the frenetic thrashing that opens "Bury the Ghost" (only to be quickly reduced to a tiptoe on top of a growing ambient drone), or the unpredictable bursts of lively drumming that weave their way in and out of "If You Want to, You Have To." Amidst the additional ebb and flow of circular keyboard riffs, doctored guitars, and innumerable spiraling bells and chimes emerges the pivotal guest talent to flesh things out. Beautiful swashes of violin, courtesy of Dosh's tourmate and usual suspect Andrew Bird, add subtle adornment in several spots, while the wordless bellowing of Will Oldham on "Bury the Ghost" provides the only vocals on an otherwise completely instrumental album. Perhaps most notably, Michael Lewis' intricate saxophone work shows up to conclude both "Wolves" and album finale "Capture the Flag" to remarkable effect. Though the music feels always on the move, it's difficult to grab hold of a real sense of development within Dosh's songs — rather, each of the many instances of intense melodic repetition seems almost to exist in its own frozen, isolated moment in time, stretched and manipulated for all it's worth before finally being released. But while Dosh's effervescent soundscape often veers unpredictably from ambient and dreamy to manic and scattershot in a single stroke, it somehow remains unified, transfixing, and above all, highly listenable.

Customer Reviews


This is a great album from Dosh, and I'd really recommend seeing him alive because I think he's even better in person. But BEWARE: tracks 9 and 10 skip a little because this is a bad rip of the CD. If you're fine with a couple seconds of skip on each track, then go ahead, but otherwise, I'd recommend getting the hard album. Apple said they may or may not be fixing this someday in the future, so at your own risk!

The Finest Musician in MPLS

Playful and epic, quiet and rambunctious, Dosh creates a sound completely unto himself. Cornelius? I hear no glitch or slumbering sheen - this is Minneapolis transformed into pure sound. His best album yet.


Just wanted to confirm that the encoding of this album is bad with skips on two tracks, so I'd really recommend getting it somewhere else. The album itself is very good, a great continuation of his work from "The Lost Take". But for what it's worth, this particular rip of the album is what convinced me not to buy any more from iTunes, as there are other services which have non-corrupted music files.


Born: September 6, 1972 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Martin Dosh was born to an ex-Catholic priest father and an almost-nun mother outside Los Angeles; he and his family moved back to his parents' native Minneapolis when he was just a toddler. By age three, Dosh had started piano lessons, which he continued until 11, then picking up the drums when he was 15. The next year he moved to Massachusetts to attend music school, tooling around on the East Coast until he eventually returned to his parents' home in 1997 when he was 25 (he had since picked up...
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