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The Maldives

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Audio CD, July 5, 2006
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[The Maldives] sound - an evocative, oft-haunted confluence of acoustic strumming, mournful pedal steel and violin, regal piano, the occasional ragged electric-guitar outburst, and the rabbity-voiced lyrics of a lonely, soul-troubled singer - is a familiar one to anybody who's spent quality time with Neil Young, the Band, or Gram Parsons. It's a time-honored style of music that's been updated by countless contemporary artists, but unlike, say, My Morning Jacket or even Band of Horses, The Maldives don't paint the tradition with indie-rock colors.


"Listening to The Maldives play their dusty, rainy-day, country-rock, one might wonder if this (mostly) bearded group of twenty-somethings would be better suited to the lonely, expansive corn fields of Kansas than...Seattle. Vocalist Jason Dodson, one of the best unheralded songwriters in Seattle, has a keen ear for relating his city blues with a country twang, accenting his voice - think Jim James sans the obsession with reverb - with ambient pedal steel, fully electric guitars, and the occasional fiddle. The result is Dodson's somber songs of hope and failure, the kind of plaintive, self-reflective stories you'd hear from a heartbroken farmhand sipping on whiskey in an empty tavern." --The Stranger, Seattle WA.

"Local troubadours The Maldives are fronted by Vancouver, WA (by way of Virginia) native Jason Dodson, who sounds like he's from Tennessee. With seeming effortlessness, Dodson as a songwriter creates one poetic lament after another, which his bandmates embellish with masterful command of their instruments (including banjo, harmonica, pedal steel, and the occasional upright bass). That's when Dodson the singer shines, his Jim James-esque voice invoking isolation and romance in equal measure. Their shows can get emotional for sure..." --The Seattle Weekly, Seattle WA.

"Though they've been playing together since 2002, the eight talented musicians who make up local country outfit The Maldives are starting to generate a real following. Anyone who appreciates the simple, plaintive beauty of early Neil Young, or Townes Van Zandt might want to check out The Maldives' next show." --The Stranger, Seattle WA.

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