photo by: Elizabeth Weinberg
The Dodos photo by: Elizabeth Weinberg
Meric Long and Logan Kroeber write experimental folk as The Dodos. Their music is intricate and often intense, with quick guitar picking, drum clicks, and rumbling beats.
The Dodos' album Beware of the Maniacs opens with "Trades and Tariffs". The warm acoustic guitar and low, driving drums create a very tribal sound. With lines like "I gave you yours / you gave me mine / I never wanted," Long's vocals are heartfelt without becoming mawkish. Rapid strumming and raucous percussion combine powerfully on the track "Men". On the album's closing cut, "Lily", the band slows down with a harmonium and gently-played toy piano.
The San Fransisco duo recently went on tour with Jennifer Gentle and are currently on the road with the Akron / Family.