Indie Folk (San Francisco)
Sometimes it doesn’t take reinventing the wheel to come up with something fresh in music. Sometimes, enforcing some boundaries can push forth creativity. Exhibit A: The Dodos. The San Francisco duo (which sometimes tours with a third auxiliary player who handles xylophone, toy piano and other such additives) is not only seemingly limited by membership numbers, they also limit themselves by altering their instruments. Logan Kroeber’s drum kit lacks a bass drum and he plays mostly on the rims, creating a quirky yet alluring rhythmic element within the duo’s twee Folk Pop stylings. And Meric Long usually plays acoustic, though the twosome’s new album, No Color, features a lot of electric parts. Still, the results are sparse but never fragile as the band uses space and energy as much as any instrument, and slathers entrancing, exotic melodies over top.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: A shrunk-down, low-key Aloha; duos with and without borders. (Mike Breen, CityBeat)
~ "Is there a rootsy folk-rock band — or any rock band, period, this side of Rush — that's more reliant on drumming than The Dodos? Multi-instrumentalists Meric Long and Logan Kroeber build their best songs around percussion to startling effect: 'Good' and 'Don't Try and Hide It,' from the new No Color, pound and clatter with such precision and clarity, the whomp of the drums might as well get a lead-vocal credit." (NPR)