The Dodos: Time To Die

~ Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Psychedelic folk is the badge of choice for this San Franciscan duo and that is pretty much on the money. Driven by Logan Kroeber's erratic drums and Meric Long's wistful vocals, the music is exciting and challenging, but not always accessible.

Long's voice is reminiscent of Paul McCartney's towards the end of The Beatles and the music also has many of the pop sensibilities of the afore mentioned.

Much of the album is driven by the drumming of Kroeber, with the drums being there as an integral part of the arrangements rather than just a beat in the back ground. The interaction between the drums and guitar is used to the full on tracks like Longform and Two Medicines, the latter's harmonies and staccato guitar particularly appealing

Fables and This Is A Business have a more folky feel and are only edged out of being my favourites by Acorn Factory. An acoustic driven song that rises and falls melodically and could be straight out of the Stephen Stills songbook.

It is hard to find any negatives on this home recorded album. If you are a fan of Neil Young, Wilco, Fleet Foxes or Springsteen then this album will be welcomed like an old friend.

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