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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Listen: The Dodos' "Retriever"

Posted By on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 10:18 AM

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Local favorites the Dodos have always been experts at making the kind of indie rock whose melodies and hooks belie something much more complex just under the surface, and with 2013's Carrier, the S.F. duo finally brought a lot of that grit to the surface. We've been looking forward to seeing what direction they go on Individ, out Jan. 27 on Polyvinyl, their sixth album overall and their second recorded at S.F.'s Tiny Telephone Studios — and so far, no complaints.

Today they dropped the third single, "Retriever," an (again) deceptively simple pop ditty that gets a little more delightfully off-kilter with each listen: There's something dark behind Meric Long's sweetly passive "aah aaah ahh" chorus, backing vocals building slowly behind it, all layered modestly over a foundation of guitar fuzz and a driving, urgent, marching-band drum beat from Logan Kroeber. 

Give it a listen below. The Dodos will play Great American Music Hall Feb. 11, with Springtime Carnivore opening; check for more. 

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