Individ is the sixth studio album by indie folk band The Dodos. It was released on Polyvinyl Records on January 27, 2015. The album makes heavy use of the slide guitar of Meric Long, which was an element used in the band's embryonic days, but more sparingly on 2013's Carrier. It is marked from previous efforts likewise for its lack of involvement of high-profile producer Phil Ek, who worked on The Dodos' 2009 album Time to Die. "Precipitation" (6:10).
The Dodos turn 10 this year. The San Francisco indie rock duo met through mutual friends in San Francisco’s constant but widening music scene back in 2005. Meric Long was busy drafting lyric sheets and complex guitar parts, while Logan Kroeber was learning how to bring West African Ewe drumming into his rhythms. After a couple of stand-in shows and several jam sessions, the two realized they were more than just compatible - they challenged one another. The Dodos push through their inner turmoil by means of dizzying tempos and layered guitars, much of which recalls their early sound on Visiter. Thee Oh Sees’ Brigid Dawson steps in on closer Pattern Shadows to bring back that album’s feminine allure. The same acoustic guitar from that session comes back out, and its weird, dissonant tuning can be heard in the forefront of Goodbyes and Endings.
And for the Dodos, their natural inclination is to create music that sounds positively epic. In a lot of ways making this record brought us back to making Visiter," their 2008 critical and commercial breakthrough, "relying heavily on the movement that occurs between just two instruments, guitar and drums. Individ's first single "Competition" is a shining example of this proclivity, built on dueling guitar lines that overlap above and below a persistent drum beat as Long's assured vocals soar above it all. At other points, "Goodbyes and Endings" infuses a similar up-tempo feel while changing time signatures every few bars. As the album closes with "Pattern/Shadow" (a track that features vocals from Thee Oh Sees' Brigid Dawson), Long sings "Your shadow remains, I cannot resist, The mirrored escape, Of your pattern.
The Dodos' sixth album and follow-up to 2013’s Carrier was recorded in their base of San Francisco at Tiny Telephone on the heels of the Carrier sessions. Individ, however, is neither more of the same from its predecessor nor a break from the past. With grooving, more assertive vibes than Carrier, it has a Visiter-esque exuberance but retains the reflective quality of Carrier.
|B1||Goodbyes and Endings||4:33|
Notes180 gram vinyl. Pressed at Rainbow Records.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode (Printed): 6 44110 02841 9
- Barcode (Scanned): 644110028419
|PRC-284||The Dodos||Individ (CD, Album)||Polyvinyl Record Company||PRC-284||US||2015|
|MM137, 137 MM||The Dodos||Individ (LP, Album)||Morr Music, Morr Music||MM137, 137 MM||Germany||2015|
|morr 137-cd||The Dodos||Individ (9xFile, FLAC)||Morr Music||morr 137-cd||Germany||2015|
|FLAKES-122||The Dodos||Individ (CD, Album)||Flake Sounds||FLAKES-122||Japan||2015|
|PRC-284||The Dodos||Individ (LP, Album, Red)||Polyvinyl Record Company||PRC-284||US||2015|