When it came time for the Dodos to begin writing their fifth LP, Carrier, singer/guitarist Meric Long was in need of a different vantage point. So he uncharacteristically began writing words before music, choosing to envelope himself in silence rather than in sound.
When it came time to set these lyrics to music, Long started writing with only his electric guitar in hand (another first), employing two new principles: patience to let a song develop and a judgment-free enthusiasm for sound.
To this end, Long and percussionist Logan Kroeber decided to record in their hometown of San Francisco for the first time, allowing for less time constraints and a more pressure-free experience than past out-of-state sessions had afforded.
As a result, Carrier is refreshingly sincere: no computers, no gimmicks — just eleven songs that are beautiful and solid and true and honest.
KEXP filmed the Dodos performing live at Portland, Oregon’s Doug Fir venue during last year’s Musicfest NW. Check it out here!