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Visiter by San Francisco band The Dodos is their second full length and first for Frenchkiss. Originally formed in 2006 under the moniker Dodobird as a one man acoustic act, Meric Long would gig around SF playing folky guitar w/ a combination of loops and ambient keyboards. Having already studied West African Ewe drumming, Meric got turned onto country blues fingerpicking and sought to create ... Read more in Amazon's The Dodos Store

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Product details

  • Vinyl (9 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polyvinyl Records
  • ASIN: B00CY1Q7AK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,745 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Transformer
2. Substance
3. Confidence
4. Stranger
5. Relief
6. Holidays
7. Family
8. The Current
9. Destroyer
10. Death
11. The Ocean

Product Description

Meric Long and Logan Kroeber recorded The Dodos new album, Carrier, in their hometown of San Francisco. After guitarist Chris Reimer passed away in early 2012, The Dodos reassessed everything about the band - in particular Long's songwriting. Chris was a huge influence on the way I think about guitar, songwriting, and music in general, reveals Long. Seeing how he could transform and shape sound with an electric guitar inspired me to explore more tones and use those tones to begin writing a song. And so, when he began to formulate the tracks that would ultimately comprise Carrier, Long employed two principles he inherited from Reimer: patience to let a song develop and a judgment-free enthusiasm for sound. // [T]he melodies are warm and pleasantly rumpled, drummer Logan Kroeber forgoes mundane timekeeping to push and prod Long and in the second half, the two ditch the relative minimalism to hurtle through a breakneck jam of harmonized guitar leads that can be heard as a tribute to a man whose short time with Dodos truly moved them. - Pitchfork (on first single Confidence ) // 180-gram blue vinyl in gatefold jacket with download // Recorded at John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone Studio with by Jay and Ian Pellicci (Deerhoof, Matt Pond PA) // Featuring Magik Magik Orchestra (Death Cab For Cutie, Sting, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) // Pitchfork debuted first single Confidence. 16,000+ listens in 24 hours // 40,000+ followers on Facebook/Twitter/Email // Black Night video has over half a million views. //

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Format: Audio CD
This album was my introduction to The Dodos and, to be honest, on first listen i was very underwhelmed and was already considering how many more chances i should give it before i put it on e-bay!
However i must (partially) change my opinion as it's definitely improved with repeated plays. Having said that and although enjoying the first 5 tracks i still find it a pretty sombre affair and the remaining tracks on the album are not especially memorable.
It opens well with 'transformer' which after a fairly dreamy opening morphs into a more upbeat number. 'Substance' follows with some added brass before the best track 'confidence' blows everything away being catchy and including a great drawn out guitar ending. They really should have done this more often as the guitar work is great and although there are flourishes elsewhere the album generally lacks some punchiness.
I've given 4 stars as per the Amazon system i.e I do "like (most of) it" but it's probably more like a 3.5er and if giving marks out of 10 it would just be 6 or 7 at best.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Surprised purchaser... on 12 Sept. 2013
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
In the description this lists the vinyl as being "Blue" leading you to believe it is one of the Limited Edition pressing of 700 "Glacier Blue". The picture also shows a blue tornado on the cover art which is only on the ltd. edition gatefold design.. Having ordered this, I received the "Smoke" (in other words, grey) vinyl disc with a grey tornado on the artwork. This is the "generic" vinyl album release. Poor show Amazon.

Small point I felt I would make for any of you collectors out there who were trying to snatch a ltd. edition copy.

(It is a cracking album whatever colour/format you get it in mind!)
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By Andrew Lowe-Smith on 31 Oct. 2014
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Carrier 27 Aug. 2013
By nmne - Published on
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What I love about The Dodos is that they progressively tweak their sound with each new album but you can still listen and know, "Yep, that's The Dodos". They definitely have a signature style but always manage to keep it sounding fresh by experimenting in just the right amount of new territory. I would describe Carrier as a more mature and contemplated set of songs compared to the rest of their discography. Longtime fans will probably admire it more than new listeners. That being said, there is still a ton for everyone to admire: Meric's superb guitar work and Logan's always-interesting drumming, fantastic catchy hooks, great pacing, and overall excellent song structures. I highly recommend this album as well as everything else by The Dodos.

Favorite tracks: Confidence, Family, Relief, Substance
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a band transforming... 17 Sept. 2013
By J. Hubner - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I've loved The Dodos ever since I first heard their second album Visitor back in 2008. What I heard in their brand of jumpy, manic, acoustic pop made me think of watching a little kid using his imagination to entertain himself. Boundless energy, conviction to the task at hand. That task? Well, for that little kid it was making the Hulk defeat Abomination, or Optimus Prime take Megatron out in a desert battle that took place in the middle of my living room. In the case of Meric Long and Logan Kroeber -aka the Dodos- that task was to beat an acoustic guitar and some toms and a kick drum into submission. They made music that had endless energy and bounce, yet underneath that sugar high exterior there was this underlying melancholy in Long's vocals and the melodies he weaved out of his much-abused acoustic guitar. 2009s Time To Die and 2011s No Color continued their progression, finding these two Californians honing their sound to a precise point. Never truly leaving behind that manic propulsion they began with, but integrating more instrumentation(vibes, electric guitar) and guest musicians(Neko Case and the Magik*Magik Orchestra on No Color) and turning up the pop aspect of their songwriting. Now, with 2013 well on its way to its leaves changing, and that little kid donning a Hulk costume for trick and/or treating, The Dodos give us Carrier, one of this years finest records.

Carrier hasn't lost all the manic energy its predecessors bestowed upon our ears, but this is more of an introspective record. More introspective and heartfelt than anything Long and Kroeber have done before. The theme of change, transformation, and loss weigh heavy on songs like "Transformer", "Substance", and "Confidence". The death of their close friend and band member(at least in live settings) Christopher Reimer directed where these songs would lead. A word that best describes this album is contemplative. Contemplating the big picture. Why things happen the way they do. There's not anger in these questions. Songs like "Relief" and "Holiday" while lilt in the air, they aren't mournful or dire. They still hold that child-like wonder that the Dodos always bring to the proceedings. It's just wonderment from a child that's lived a life beyond his years. "Destroyer" abuses the toms nicely with Long's new love of the electric guitar giving the song a jangly perfection. "Death" is a meditation on loss, mournful and quiet. "The Ocean" ends this chapter, expansive and awe-inspiring like its namesake.

The Dodos made a record about loss. They did it with grace and love and dedicate it to you. And that little kid in my living room.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Dodos fans will like this! 14 Sept. 2013
By Christopher - Published on
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Long time fan of the Dodos. This album has a similar feel to No Color and Visiter. Rocky moments, and complex and intricate moments. Great album!
Great album 18 Nov. 2013
By Chelsea J. - Published on
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I'm a huge Dodos fan. Every album is amazing straight through. Carrier is no exception. It's a great album, definitely worth a listen.
Great Song! 12 Oct. 2013
By Ria Ora - Published on
When I heard the sample I was iffy on the song, but I got it because it was free. After I heard it in full, I loved it! There are not many lyrics at all, but this song is short and sweet and to the point. The singer's voice is also very soothing and different. I love this song. Great pick.
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