Music Reviews

posted: February 25, 2009

The Dodos – Visiter Visiter

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The Dodos – Visiter

Visiter is The Dodos’ second recording since 2006 and their first proper release.  Comprised of Meric Long on vocals and strings with percussionist Logan Kroeber, who has a penchant for tribal rhythms, they offer up a sound somewhat like Vampire Weekend and perhaps even Graceland era Paul Simon.  I’m also hearing the quirkiness and pop mastry of Grandaddy on speed with the droning, pounding, spastic, layered drums of the Velvet-inspired Feelies.

Meric keeps the strings clean, occasionally adding a bit of tasteful distortion to the mix.  This effect is best realized on “Fools”  The songs have a definite folky vibe that goes from fairly dark on “Joe’s Waltz” to a more joyous frolic on “Paint the Rust”.

The Songs on Visiter vary in length from under a minute to over seven, but all possess a somewhat similar sonic pallette.  Regardless, sixty minutes never passed so quickly and this one is at the top of my list for 2008.

–Sandy Greene