The Dodos: Time to Die

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The Dodos: <em>Time to Die</em>

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Third member’s a charm

Several bands this decade have made a duo sound like more than a duo. Most recently, The Dodos made an impressive attempt on their second album, Visiterproducer Phil Ek (The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses). On opening track “Small Deaths,” Snyder follows Long’s distorted guitar lines, allowing Long to rock out without muddying his lovely melodies. The way the hooks are given space to open up, the album shares a sensibility with Ek’s other projects and probably overlaps more with The Shins than with freak folk, sonic novelties notwithstanding.