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The Dodos - Time To Die

The Dodos, Time To Die

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

SAN Francisco based outfit The Dodos follow up last year’s impressive Visiter with the equally noteworthy Time To Die, an album that’s literally to die for if you’re a fan of folk-pop and bands such as The Shins and Death Cab For Cutie or, more recently, Grizzly Bear.

Although still centered around two key elements of punch percussion courtesy of Loga and Meric, Time To Die also introduces Keaton Snyder to the mix – a 21-year-old music school dropout who plays a mean vibraphone.

The result is an album brimming with quality songs. Many are based around lush guitar arrangements and a fine set of vocals that really do recall the pleasing simplicity of listening to bands such as The Shins.

Take the intricate guitar licks that accompany a song such as Acorn Factory as a prime example. This is a song that’s brilliant for kicking back with and enjoying its terrific arrangements and thought-provoking lyrics.

Equally, the guitar work on Fables, which provides absolutely perfect accompaniment to the vocals. The chorus is particularly special, contributing to one of the LP’s undisputed highlights.

But The Dodos barely put a foot wrong throughout. Album opener Small Deaths is a terrific entry point, beginning in disarmingly simple fashion before really opening out into a shimmering, rhythmically satisfying blast of folksy energy.

Longform contains more terrific stop and thrust guitar licks, This Is A Business adopts a nicely retro guitar groove before hitting the listener with one of the most manic beats on the LP, and Two Medicines finds Long dueting with that aforementioned vibraphone to deliver another highlight.

Like we said, though, the album doesn’t put a foot wrong. It’s a thing to cherish.

Download picks: Small Deaths, Longform, Fables, Two Medicines, Acorn Factory

Track listing:

  1. Small Deaths
  2. Longform
  3. Fables
  4. The Strums
  5. This Is A Business
  6. Two Medicines
  7. Troll Nacht
  8. Acorn Factory
  9. A Time To Die