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Reseña de álbum

Lots of late-2000s indie bands boast archaic and/or exotic influences, but few use them with the energy and creativity that the Dodos do on Visiter, their first officially released album. Country-blues fingerpicking meets West African Ewe drumming meets metal meets indie pop sounds like an all-too-wacky description on a band's MySpace page, but the Dodos turn these far-flung elements into delightfully natural-sounding music. What holds it all together is Meric Long and Logan Kroeber's strong pop sensibilities — that's "pop" in the sense of memorable melodies and ear-catching hooks, because the Dodos' songs are too full of ideas to stick to a verse-chorus-verse format for very long. Visiter gets off to a simple, almost shy start with "Walking," which shows off Long's boyish voice (it sits somewhere between Ben Gibbard and Paul McCartney). Then the album really takes off with "Red and Purple," which crashes in on toy pianos and Kroeber's extravagantly syncopated drumming, creating a massive backdrop for the song's limpid melody and vocal harmonies. Visiter rarely lets up from there, coming in such a rush of vibrant words, melodies, and rhythms that it often feels like one ever-changing song. That makes highlights difficult to pick — although the gleeful "Fools" and "Jodi," which sounds like a timeless folk song revved up to modern-day speeds, are among them. Though the Dodos play mostly acoustic instruments, they generate a lot more energy than many plugged-in bands, and with their rapid dynamic shifts, at times they even rock harder, too (that's where the metal influence comes in). It's a good thing the band only has two core members, since Long and Kroeber have so much going on already that there isn't much room for many other sounds or players. They push and pull against each other, adding the same creative spark and tension to snippets like "Eyelids" that they do to the aptly majestic final track "God?." Long's guitars are especially inspired on "Paint the Rust," where his swift picking and snarling slide work sounds a bit like John Fahey or Jim O'Rourke after several pots of coffee, and on "Winter"'s delicate, descending guitar riff, which swirls and falls lightly like a flurry. Kroeber's drumming is often elaborate, but never too showy, especially on "Park Song," where he gives Long's rambling internal monologue a playful sense of purpose. That purposefulness never flags, even when the Dodos slow it down on wistful but not too-precious ballads like "Ashley," or take one turn too many on the seven-minute patchwork "Joe's Waltz." Visiter's experimental pop is so joyous and liberated-sounding that it's difficult not to get swept along in its wake.

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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.

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"

Worth the visit.

I had intended to check out The Dodo's debut [Beware of the Maniacs] for quite some time, and never really got around to it. Time passed and eventually Visiter came out it, so I got it instead, and lo and behold it has become one of my favorite albums of '08. I have since listened to both albums and can definitely tell you that this album is no sophmore slump. The dodo's play a little bit more complex kind of psych/folk-pop [don't let the 'psych' scare you away, some people don't agree with it being called that, and arguably so.] music with simplistic hooks/lyrics that I find to be very catchy, even though they're used more of as compliments to the music than vice versa. At first glance it could seem a bit long for the kind of music I described, however it's definitely not a drag to listen to and a very complete album. If you'd like to get a few songs to try it out I suggest 'Fools' and 'God', or maybe 'Red and Purple.'

Biografía

Fecha de formación: San Francisco, CA, 2005

Género: Alternativa

Años de actividad: '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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