The Dodos Experiment With Sound on “Time To Die”

    Who says change is bad? According to the Dodos on their upcoming record Time To Die, a subtle shift in sound is inevitable. After experiencing Pitchfork-worthy praise for their second LP Visitor, the Dodos thought about how to keep up the momentum with their third LP without abandoning their trademark sound. While Visitor featured crisp acoustics and emotive, catchy vocals, Time To Die expands their repertoire, but doesn’t overdo it. Guitarist Meric Long says regarding the impending release: “I’m glad that we were able to keep things simple on this record because when your band gets a little popular, there’s this tendency to say things like, ‘Let’s add an orchestra on this one. That works for some people, but it would detract from this band.” Truer musical words were never spoken. Instead of piling on layers upon layers of sound in the recording studio, the Dodos hired indie rock pro Phil Ek (Built to Spill, The Shins) to work the board for Time To Die. The boys also teamed up with music school dropout Keaton Snyder on vibraphone, who according to Long is “a better musician than Logan and I combined.” Time To Die will be released September 15th, on Frenchkiss Records.