I’ve been listening to a lot of these guys lately. Meric Long and Logan Kroeber, who liked to be referred to as the Dodos, create some really interesting music through the use of mostly just guitar, drums and vocals. The two don’t just play their instruments, however, they emote through them. The guitar is mostly strummed at a quick tempo and in an effortlessly manner by Long, while Kroeber’s drums sound tribal and even angry at times. The vocals that go along with the instruments compliment them perfectly, ranging from the melodic to the psychotic. The Dodos have a folky, yet psychedelic feel to them. It’s as if Jose Gonzalez and the Animal Collective decided to have a jam session.
When you listen to the Dodos you get the feeling that they are really expressing themselves through their music. It doesn’t sound like they are trying to impress you, or that they are trying to sound a certain way. It just sounds like they are playing their instruments how they want to whatever the results may be. Fortunately for us, the results are pretty friggin’ awesome.
Some highlights off of their new album entitled Visiter, for me include “Walking”, “Red and Purple”, “Fools” and “Paint the Rust”. My favourite song however, would have to be “The Season”. You have to listen all the way to the end of the song, because the ending is insane.
So check these guys out. There are some moments in some of their songs that aren’t as brilliant as others, but the moments that shine, are really pretty special.
Here’s a clip of them performing “The Season” live in Montreal at Divan Orange.
And have a listen to the song “Fools” from their new album: